There are too many Soldiers in town, they should stay away – Peace Watch Ghana
“The area was densely populated, and if a gun had been discharged, several people would have been killed. I have asked the IGP and the CDS to investigate the matter together. If they are investigated and the offenders are discovered, they must be brought to book,”
Founder of Peace Watch Ghana, Nyonkopa Daniels, has described the clash between some personnel of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces as reckless and unprofessional. She described the recent clash that occurred at the Central Business District of Accra on Monday as “terrible” and must not be allowed to reoccur
On Monday, March 27, 2023, some military personnel assaulted a police officer riding a motorbike for a traffic violation.
Videos of the incident went viral, with soldiers saying, “You’re a cop, so what?” The officer is said to have dashed to the Accra Central Police Station and told his colleagues about his ordeal. Following him, police officers overpowered the soldiers and arrested one of them. The remaining soldiers requested reinforcement.
When the military men arrived, they attempted to rescue their colleague, but the Police resisted the arrest. This led to a confrontation.
In reaction to the incident however, Madam Nyonkopa Daniels stated that what occurred was unwarranted and unprofessional and needs to be investigated.
“It is extremely dangerous for these two security agencies to clash. To be honest, confrontations between soldiers and police are mostly initiated by the soldiers. I’m not sure why the soldiers always attack the cops. Internal security is the responsibility of the police, and soldiers should concentrate on their duties rather than wandering around town. There are far too many soldiers in town, intimidating the residents. If there are fewer police officers, we must recruit more to ensure that they continue to serve the public.
“The area was densely populated, and if a gun had been discharged, several people would have been killed. I have asked the IGP and the CDS to investigate the matter together. If they are investigated and the offenders are discovered, they must be brought to book,” she stated.
According to her, the police are capable of carrying out their duties under the direction of his eminent Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, and the military must stop the intimidation and unprofessional behaviour.