Dear Ghana Police Service, You Acted Wrongly at Changli

Dear Ghana Police Service, You Acted Wrongly at Changli

Views: 360 April 25, 2020 Ghana Police Service, when you take the law that you have been clothed with to work into your hands and behave in a barbaric...

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April 25, 2020

Ghana Police Service, when you take the law that you have been clothed with to work into your hands and behave in a barbaric, animalistic and unthinkable manner like you did at Changli in the Tamale metropolis recently, you only become endangered species to civilians who are supposed to be civil. You’re simply creating a system whereby civilians will no longer see you as partners but as enemies.

Tamale emerged from a horrendous past that created insecurity for every resident. Thankfully, there has been sustained peace in the last 10 years. Except for the few skirmishes during electioneering periods, there’s absolute peace in Tamale.

Unfortunately, it appears you the Ghana Police Service are interested in bringing back the era of volatility we lived in 10 years ago. You want to create a situation that would lead to a curfew, hardship, lawlessness, etc. If one of your own was assaulted and you needed to cause the arrest of those who assaulted the officer in question, all you need is to go into the homes of such individuals and arrest them or better still, invite them to your station. This is common sense and part of your regular policing procedures. You needed not to go into the community wielding guns and other life-threatening objects/weapons to terrorise, brutalise, maim innocent civilians as has been reported by the media. That’s unacceptable because that behaviour is barbaric, animalistic and unthinkable to say the least.

Ghana Police Service, you owe the innocent civilians in Changli some good apology. You must compensate them for the harm you caused them and for destroying their properties. Whether you like it or not, you will need the people of Changli to maintain law and order now and in the future, to ensure peace. A Ghana Police Service that is looking forward to the eco world-class class institution should be diplomatic in doing things and not brutish. Don’t create the impression that you as an institution hold some personal grudges against all residents of Changli and for that matter Tamale. Every resident has a name/identity and should be dealt with according to laid down rules/law when they commit a crime.

Joseph Ziem
Concerned Citizen
Tamale, Ghana

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