WANEP cautions Ghanaians against politicisation of crime

Accra- The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), on Monday, cautioned Ghanaians against the politicisation of crime.

Mr Vincent Azumah, WANEP Regional Coordinator for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, said crime and violence was not an issue that should be politicised.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, in reaction to the recent reshuffle in the top hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service, following an upsurge in armed robbery, Mr Azumah said: “We also want to put on record that crime is crime. And crime must never be politicised.

“We don’t have crime that is an NPP or a crime that is an NDC. Unfortunately, that is what we are seeing now. People are beginning to apportion that during their time there was so much armed robbery and during our time, there was no armed robbery. Once we do that we lose the game”.

On the issue of the recent upsurge in armed robbery, Mr Azumah said all the factors that needs to exist for crime to thrive are here with us.

He mentioned research findings, which revealed that over two million small arms were in wrong hands in the country.

Others are the teeming unemployed youth trying to get their energies into other areas and people returning from Libya and not having anything to do.

The rest are people being-driven out of the galamsey (illegal mining) pits, and political vigilante groups crying for jobs.

He said these were all factors that could lead to what the nation is witnessing now.

He said the Police were under resourced, hence, the need for Government to equip them to enable them to deliver on their mandate.

“The country needs to do more for the police,” the WANEP Regional Coordinator stated.

Mr Azumah urged the Government to enhance its retooling exercise of the Police Service, to enable them to arrest the rising crime situation in the country.

He said: “We also need to look at the curriculum of the Police training institutions, to see whether it meets modern policing.”

He said there was the need for proper scrutiny of people before recruitment into the Police training institutions to ensure that we do not end up training and admitting criminals into the Police service.

He said the Police Service must take quick action to regain the trust and confidence of the public; adding that, “for now, the trust and confidence of the public in the Police is so low”.

He also appealed to the public to support the Police by giving them information on would be criminals or on criminals.

Source: Ghana News Agency