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Veteran Journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako’s apprehension Ghana could slide into a “Banana Republic” has been given a boost by another senior journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.
The multiple award winning Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has indeed, moved a step further by passing damning verdict on Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo following the freeing of eight members of the governing party’s vigilante group, Delta Force, for want of evidence.
Scandalized by the Akufo-Addo government’s admission that it could not find evidence to prosecute the NPP hoodlums who raided a circuit court in Kumasi to free 13 of their colleagues standing trial; the ace investigative journalist said the country is near to becoming a “failed state”.
The Joy FM senior reporter said happenings so far show “the government, which controls the coercive machinery of the state (the armed forces, the police, the BNI, National Security, etc), is not committed to finding the needed evidence to prosecute the Delta Forces.”
Mr Baako had earlier described actions by NPP vigilante groups as “unmitigated disaster and it ought not to be countenance one bit,” and assessed that the country is gradually entering a banana state.
“Is it not too many, is it not frustrating, are we not cutting a picture of ridicule of this great nation? Aren’t we looking like a banana republic? Is not what we are looking at? The president has spoken…and yet these things are still happening,” Mr. Baako said in despair.
Eight members of the Delta Force were last week freed on grounds of lack of evidence after they raided a competent court of jurisdiction, leading to the escape from court custody, 13 of their colleagues who are suspects in another case.
Many including the Minority have since criticized the move, demanding the re-arrest of the eight. The Akufo-Addo government came under severe censure when it was revealed that the Police Prosecutor acted on the instruction of the Attorney General to drop charges against the NPP thugs.
Later stating government’s position on the matter, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid said the Attorney General, Ms Gloria Akuffo, was unaware of the decision by the Principal State Attorney in Kumasi to discontinue the case.
But, an obviously peeved Manasseh Azure Awuni, who have variously called for the prosecution of the rampaging NPP thugs wrote on his facebook wall: “It is clear that the government, which controls the coercive machinery of the state (the armed forces, the police, the BNI, National Security, etc), is not committed to finding the needed evidence to prosecute the Delta Forces. This latest issue of summoning the state attorney to Accra is part of the face saving gymnastics being employed by the government to deceive us into thinking that it is different. Fortunately, not everyone is stupid enough to fall for this crap. If the details contained in the advice the State Attorney offered are, indeed, true then the person whose ass should be dragged in live charcoal is the IGP, not the state attorney. Are the police telling us that if those men had killed the judge or anyone in the court they wouldn’t have been able to identify and arrest the perpetrators? Why would any serious government not summon the IGP but decide to go after the State Attorney who only gave a professional advice based on a piece of rubbish contained in the docket? Would the Attorney General herself have said anything different if she had been presented with the same facts? Our police have their faults but they are not this incompetent. They have been able to investigate and arrest masked robbers who left the crime scene hours before the police heard about them. They have provided evidence to successfully prosecute mysterious offences. This same police service cannot tell us it is impossible to find members of a known vigilante group who storm a court in broad day light and freed their members and were filmed in the process. If these thugs were NDC boys, the docket would have been different. Let’s stop the jokes and get serious. This is not the change Ghanaians fought for. This is not the change some people lost their lives for. And this certainly not the change and new civilization our president has promised to lead us into. This is one of the very few internal issues, which the United Nations expressed concerns over. And the international community will want to see how we deal with this embarrassing mess we’ve found ourselves in,” Manasseh Azure stated.
Source: The Al-Hajj