On December 7th, Ghana goes to the polls to decide if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo retains power or John Mahama returns to continue his legacy. As the country gears up for another peaceful election, security is one of the vital issues widely being discussed. For some years, the country has witnessed several murder cases (including high profile assassinations) which remains unsolved, kidnappings and series of armed robberies.
Fighting crime to ensure a safe and secure environment is a priority for the Ghana Police, and with recent happenings, pressure is being mounted on law enforcement agencies to act swiftly and control the rate of crime in the system. Recently, the police have intensified a crackdown on armed criminals.
Following their activities, in January, two suspected armed robbers on the police wanted list for the past two years were shot dead during an exchange of fire with the police force at Oyibi, a suburb of Accra. They were identified as Ali Abass aka "Ali Hero" and Charles Donkor aka "Killer Boss". In the latter part of February, three suspected notorious armed robbers Mohammed Buzu, Kenneth Antwi and Baffuor Adjei Gyimah, connected to robberies in Cantonments, North Ridge and other parts of the capital were apprehended by Crime Investigation Officers.
Just over the weekend, two other suspects were pursued by a police task force led by DSP Thomas Oti Prempeh. There was a fierce gunfire exchange at Mankesim in the Central Region, and the suspects identified as Nathan Kwaku Baidoo aka “King Kong” and Isaac Addo aka “Almera” were gunned down in the process. According to police reports, the duo was part of an operation that claimed the life of police officer, L/Cpl Akata in Accra. Prior to their death, both "Almera" and "King Kong" were on bail after they were arrested in connection with three separate robberies in the Accra Metropolis.