General News of Mon, 22 Jan 201812
Kwabenya police attack - Expect more! Security expert warns
A security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has warned there will be more attacks on security personnel unless Ghana’s security strategy is reformed.
Dr Kwesi Aning explained to Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Monday, the current security policy is vulnerable in the face of the changing security situation in the country.
The KAIPTC Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research Director was reacting to the Sunday dawn cell break at the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters that saw the escape of seven hardened criminals.
The event was staged by six heavily armed men who shot and killed an officer on duty, Inspector Emmanuel Ashiveli in cold blood.
Deputy Interior Minister, Henry Quartey has told Joy News the government is finalizing an insurance package for police officers who die in the line of duty.
He assured Ghanaians the jailbreakers and those who masterminded it will be apprehended in due course.
But Dr Aning said he was not surprised by the attack because the events in the country for the last 24 months are not isolated issues.
“Over time those armed groups have become emboldened that taking up arms against the men in uniform is legitimate,” he said, adding it is critical the “tables are turned” on the criminals.
Making a case for the government to assemble intelligence experts, Dr Aning said a proper and modern security strategy will analyze the current and future threats and how to prepare for them.
“This is the time to say how do we get a wider stakeholder forum to get a national security policy that is fit and to be able to respond so that we can all become safe and secured,” he said.
On his part, former Deputy Interior Minister James Agalga faulted the Kwabenya police for the attack.
The Builsa North Member of Parliament (MP) said the police should have known that holding hardened criminals in the cell opens them up to attacks, something he claimed they failed to anticipate.
He said Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee will summon the Interior and Defense Ministers to address the security situation in the country.