Shakeup in police, gov’t security measures mere musical chairs

The government’s reaction after a string of robberies could be likened to a man who orders endless Ubers to take him to the place where he already stands.

We’ll still be where we’re.

Is there any hope? No hope!

The security situation in Ghana has not been any better than it is now since president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo swore by the state sword to protect lives and properties. After a year in office, the narration has been the same old – mass casualties. Lives and properties worth millions of cedis have and continue to be lost in most brutal ways.

Akufo-Addo’s 1-yr as president not worse but disappointingly bad

No citizen is spared the onslaught of armed groups who select their victims with tact at the blind side of security agencies. Who’s safe in Ghana?

Is there any hope? No hope!

Forming the biggest government ever in the history of this nation, one would have thought the citizens would have had some respite after the terrible and unpardonable economic hardship under ex-president John Mahama.

But we thought wrongly because Ghanaians were transported from one bad experience to an era of lawlessness spawned by pro-government vigilante groups. And while the president has shown commitment to the security of Ghana in flowery words, he has never been in charge.

Is there any hope? No hope!

Terror groups are.

Fevered reactions to the five robberies that have led to the death of at least two people demonstrate an awakening nation ready to negotiate for its safety. Already, there have been more than 24 of such gruesome attacks at Oyibi and surrounding communities where some victims were butchered by the robbers. The police are yet to come to terms with the happenings.

Is there any hope? No hope!

But the government’s response to the public outcry constitutes a kneejerk reaction to a national disaster. The deployment of soldiers and police to increase surveillance in the major cities and the creation of a national CCTV command were outlined to calm the nation. Surprisingly, public opinion is unready to hear about the new security measures.

IGP David Asante-Apeatu

President Akufo-Addo and his men will go and a deep sleep after that and so will Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu who has been whipped into action after the attacks. The president and his IGP have both embarked on parallel collision courses with reality since their elevation.

Is there any hope? No hope!

The IGP’s decision to shakeup the police hierarchy is merely a ‘musical chairs’ performed in the theatre to please the public and not to address the spike in the crime rate.

Ghanaians should not expect any changes in the security of this country because this is how it has been for the past 50 years. The only times we are seen working are when there’re disasters and lives have been lost. It’s apparent from the behaviour of the government and police that there’s no clear architecture followed in the protection of the country.

Is there any hope? No hope!

Security expert with Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Dr Kwesi Aning was right when he cautioned Ghanaians not to celebrate yet over the new security measures.

He was not convinced action and so are millions of the citizens who are simply scared for their lives and that of their loved ones.

Is there any hope? No hope!

Until such a time that you will see concrete steps taken by president Akufo-Addo to protect lives and properties, you will need to be extra-vigilant when you’re withdrawing money from the ATM and whenever you are going home in the night.

It helps to monitor the shadows by and behind you. You may be followed by a lunatic who is interested in your possession and not your life and guess what the government doesn’t care if you die are attacked. At the moment, the only person who cares about your safety is yourself.

Is there any hope? Yes, there’s hope.

But you will need to be security conscious and be careful of the people you allow into your compound. To you they are traders, but they may be informants spying on you.

Let’s all be on the lookout and watch over one another’s shoulders.



The author, Austin Brakopowers is a Broadcast journalist at Joy99.7 and views expressed here are exclusively his and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Multimedia Group Limited or You can reach him via

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