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General News of Tuesday, 22 January 2019


Security agencies are joking – Agbee

Some personnel of the Ghana Police Service Some personnel of the Ghana Police Service

The Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS), Mr. David Agbee, has said the state of insecurity in the country is worrying.

According to the Security Analyst, Ghana’s security agencies are playing on the job and, therefore, criminals are having a field day.

His comment comes on the back of recent murders in the country.

In late last year, the Prampram Mankralo, Nene Atsure Benta III was gunned down at Appolonia by unknown persons in connection with a chieftaincy feud while returning from Dodowa.

Early this year, a manager of the Ghana Water Company Limited was shot dead by unknown assailants in Gbangu in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region. Days after that, the Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) in charge of the Tema Port, Mrs. Josephine Asante, was stabbed to death at her residence in Tema Community 25.

The latest is the assassination of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who helped produced the investigative documentary titled Number 12 which uncovered rot in Ghana and African football.

Reacting to these developments and the state of security in the country, Mr Agbee told Benjamin Akakpo on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 that the security agencies are sleeping on the job.

He said: “I say the state security operators are playing because I’m not seeing the aggressiveness of the state security, I’m not seeing that characteristics of the state institutions in this country showing itself, showing that sense of readiness to be able to fight this emergence of criminals.

“We need to fight them, if not, they will take all of us by surprise. How could it be that in Accra, somebody could assassinate his fellow human being like this and get away with it and we are not seeing that sense of readiness of the state to fight this thing?"

“This year, almost four people have been murdered, killed or assassinated without we having any knowledge of [those behind it]. And, so, if you’re not afraid, I’m afraid and I’m not a happy man because my understanding of how a state should react to some of these things, I’m not seeing it and that is why I’m worried, and, so, when I say that our security agencies are playing, I’m saying so because I want to see the aggressiveness of my state architecture, especially the security agencies to ensure that we’re protected and nobody could take our lives and get away with it.”