Security analyst and Executive Director for the West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE), Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, says the IGP has must be replaced in the wake of the growing sense of insecurity in the country. It comes on the back of the broad daylight robbery at Adedenkpo, a suburb of Accra, that left a police officer and a hawker brutally killed on Monday June 14, 2021.
Speaking on Accra based GHOne TV, on back of the incident, Mr. Muqthar backed calls by the minority in parliament for retired officers within the police service including the IGP, on contract to be relived of their posts.
According to him the IGP seem overwhelmed.
“We need serious reforms and restructuring at the top. We need to have the IGP replaced. It appears the IGP has been overwhelmed with issues right now. We need top leadership beyond the IGP, Regional heads and officers who are in operational capacity to act. It appears that they do not really have control over the issues or the men under them do not feel adequately motivated to be able to do what they are meant to do to ensure safety and security of the citizenry”.
He also called for the investment made in technology in fighting crime to be put to good use.
“Beyond that they need to employ technology, we have invested significantly in the technology. We have seen in the last several months, the mounting of CCTV cameras in public places, road junctions, traffic points, locations all over especially in the capital”.
“What is happening to this? Are we utilizing it, in terms of prosecuting and pursuing criminals? I would like to see how this technology and other investment in technology play a role in unraveling this current situation that has happened in Jamestown. I will like to see how that investment can be useful in prosecuting crime”.