The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) has dismissed calls for the removal of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh from office.
The country, in recent times, has witnessed series of armed robbery attacks, the recent being the killing of a bullion van police escort at Jamestown on Tuesday, 14th June 2021.
This has led to many calling for either the resignation or removal of the IGP from office, stating that he has lost his grip on the country’s security situation.
But speaking on our News Analysis program, Behind the Headlines, Program Manager of FOSDA, Madam Theodora Anti said the IGP was not solely to be blamed for the rampant crime issues in the country.
She said the proliferation of arms in the country was contributing to the increase in crime.
Madam Theodora Anti believes that the regularization of arms ownership will see a downward trend in crime rates in the country.
She wants the Arms and Ammunition Acts 1972 to be reviewed.
She described the law as a ‘colonial law’ that needs to be reviewed.
‘The IGP and the police are just one factor of where we are now. We think that one of the major concerns has to do with our laws especially our Arms and Ammunition law which is the 1972 law which has not seen any review in the face of the changing situations we have…sophistication of arms and the kind of arms for the market and our laws have not changed. It is still based on the colonial laws that we borrowed from our colonial masters’.
Madam Theodora Anti also called for the retooling of the Police service with new armory and to adopt new technologies in combating crimes.
“So society is evolving and if we really want to provide security then we must be ready to meet our predators boot-for-boot. We cannot rely on ancient systems and technologies to fight modern technologies,” she added.
She added that citizens have a role to play as watchdogs in their communities in the quest to provide vital information to the security agencies on happenings around them.
“Citizens have a very big role to play, that is why we have community policing. Especially in security, the security forces alone cannot keep us safe. And as we know, the police and the security forces depend a lot on intelligence gathered from the communities and people giving information to the security agency,” she said.
Her comments come at the back of a statement made by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh during his visit on Tuesday, to the family of the late Constable General, Emmanuel Osei.
He said that the only place where there is no crime is heaven. This was a reaction to the call for his retirement.