Killings and insecurity are serious issues in West Africa, Last week the lynching of a Christian student girl in Sokoto and Subsequent rioting by the youth of the same community caused heavy dust not only above the west African region but the world at large.
While Media persons in Ghana are seriously adding their voices to the issue in Sokoto, in the same week the national security announced a possible terrorist attack in Ghana making churches beef security with policemen and civil guards, The same week a minister announced the kidnap and adoption of some Ghanaians at the Malian border, The same week youths of Nkoranza started a protest against the police for the killing of a young man.
The protests on Tuesday followed the killing of a 27-year-old suspect by police during an operation targeting armed robbery suspects in the area.
“In the Bono East Region, police gathered intelligence that a suspect, Albert Donkor, and a gang of five other suspected armed robbers, whose names are being withheld for investigation purposes, were involved in several armed robbery attacks in the region, including armed robbery attacks at Nkoranza on April 19 and 20.
Oliver Baker Vormawor, An activist and convener of #fixthecountry in Ghana has called out the police force and the government as follows.
below is the extract of his post on Facebook
Today let me share the things on my mind. I’m a bit emotional so it may come off disconnected or full of typos.
Our society does not value Ghanaian lives. And that’s something that deeply pains me.
1. Remember when Ghanaians were burnt to death by fire at a circle after the rains? The dead bodies were loaded on the back of a pickup truck. On top of each other. Nobody bags. I was in the US at the time. I was shocked by humanity.
2. Remember when the Taadi girls were killed. The head of Police CID, Tiwaa Danquah went on national tv to promise that they have been found, alive!
It was a lie. Nothing happened to her. She did not resign. She now heads Eoco. The parents are still traumatized to date.
3. Remember when Ahmed Suale was shot dead? After a Member of Parliament went on national TV to reveal the picture of the investigative journalist? Nothing happened. No demonstrations. Kennedy Agyapong was “promoted” to now head the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, overlooking police budgetary issues and all law enforcement matters.
4. Remember when 7 young boys were murdered by Police and they claimed that they were armed robbers? Nothing happened when it was found out that the police lied. No national outrage. No single person at the top resigned.
5. When Ejura youth was murdered. Right on our screens. National TV. Not a single thing. We did eih eih eih in our rooms. No single person has been prosecuted.
6. When 11 people were killed during elections. We moved on. No single person took responsibility. A high-ranking parliamentarian called them armed robbers.
7. Two MPs have been killed. Not a single person is in jail so far.
8. When Major Mahama was killed, we built a statue for him but failed to give him justice. That trial is still ongoing. At some point, the judge threatened to throw it out because the prosecution wasn’t showing up in Court.
9. Ebenezer Dosu was arrested and kept in Ashaiman cells without food and refused medical attention. He died!
10. Albert Donkor was taken out of his cell and shot dead. His mother went to the Police station to see him writing his statement. He was killed by the time she returned in 2hours. She was told he was being held at 5 different police stations for three weeks. When he had been killed immediately after she left the Police station. Albert saw police officers committing robbery and reported to the police. Friends of the robbers, and they killed him. He died a whistleblower. For days we talked about it. Nothing happened.
11. Just like Kaaka, after Nkoranza youth, protested, they have now been shot dead. Just like Ejura, Ghanaians have moved on.
12. A taxi driver died in police cells, in Sekondi. The police claimed he hanged himself. A pathologist has told the Court his oesophagus was intact, and that he could not have died as the police claim. We will move on.
What value do we place on Ghanaian lives? THAT IS THE GENESIS OF OUR PROBLEMS. NOT OUR ATTITUDES. GHANAIAN LIVES DO NOT MATTER TO US!
With Enough being said we will all agree there is a Mensah in every Nation, As such, it is wise for media persons in each country to remove the logs in our eyes so we can see the dust in the eyes of other people. Instead of using the whole energy and TV space and airtime to show and talk about the issues happening in far away Sokoto, while we have similar killings yet to uncover, is a serious waste of time and resources.
I Come In Perfect Peace !!!