Stop them now!

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The security apparatus is on the ground trying to create the environment for law and order to prevail.

A few years ago, armed robbers nearly took over the country when, in broad daylight, they attacked law-abiding citizens, including business entities.

We must commend the security agencies, especially the police and the military, for the swift manner in which they took the fight to the backyard of the robbers.

The security agencies have made it clear by their actions that although the criminals can run, they cannot hide. And, true to their word, many of the robbers were smoked out from their hideout.

The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Alhassan, has done a lot within the short period that he assumed the leadership of the police to reassure the people that they can go to sleep without fear of attacks by criminals.

He has done that by opening up to all the stakeholders in crime combat because the members of the public are allies in the fight against crime.

Incidentally, the Police Administration met the media last Thursday to seek their support in crime prevention in the country.

The IGP said during the interaction that “the media are critical in the work of the police. The police belong to all of us and we seek, through the media, the understanding of the public”.

It is a matter of fact that crime prevention can succeed with the active support of citizens who live in the same community with alleged criminals.

Members of the public can be critical allies of the police by volunteering reliable tip-off and credible information that can lead to the arrest of suspected criminals.

Police presence in our communities helps to reduce the incidence of violent crime. Our security agencies have done it before and they can do it again to calm the feeling of insecurity in society.

It is against this backdrop that the Daily Graphic is encouraged by the assurance given by President John Mahama to the people of Kumasi that he will do everything to make the people feel safe.

We know this is no empty talk, as the President is already walking the talk by charging the security apparatus to beef up security in Kumasi to deal with criminal elements to ensure the safety of residents.

Again, the Daily Graphic reminds all Ghanaians, especially residents of Kumasi, to co-operate with the security agencies to break the back of the criminal gang who want to make life uncomfortable for law-abiding citizens.

In volatile situations like what we are experiencing in certain parts of the country, some of our compatriots are unwilling to volunteer information for fear that their identity will be revealed to the robbers.

However, we appeal to the police to deal with the information volunteered by the public with strict confidentiality, so that the people will be motivated to partner the police to expose the criminals to face the full rigours of the law.

The situation is scary and poses a threat to the peace and stability of the country. The Daily Graphic knows the capability of the security agencies in crime combat and we appeal to the people to step up their collaboration with the police to restore order in Kumasi and elsewhere where the gangsters want to create fear and panic among the populace.