CRIME WATCH AFRICA: THE ENEMY WITHIN – IS GHANA’S COUNTER TERRORISM UNIT A FRIEND OR FOE?

  • 2021-03-15

The Ghana police continue to intensify the crackdown on armed robbery gangs nationwide. In a recent episode, on 10 March 2021, the Ashanti Regional police had a shootout with three armed robbers suspected to be Fulani people around Mile 9 in Obuasi.  During the encounter, two of the suspects were killed, and one managed to escape. A locally manufactured gun and an A K47 rifle loaded with about 30 rounds of ammunition were retrieved. Interestingly, checks on the retrieved A K47 rifle revealed that the weapon is a property of the Ghana police service, specifically, the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Greater Accra Regional Command.

According to a reliable source, the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) has not made any report about a missing weapon from its armory, so how the armed gang got hold of a police service rifle to use for their operations remains a mystery. The questions: are there policemen from the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) aiding the enemy with arms, ammunition, and supplies? Is the leadership of the Unit involved? Would the police force vigorously investigate, and where the evidence permits, prosecute allegations of constitutional violations by police officers, particularly with regards to this case?

Well, the saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from the enemy, and the ugly truth…not every policeman is a friend. Whiles, there are many law enforcers out there risking their lives to protect and ensure a safe environment, others prefer to be the enemy within for selfish gains.

By Garvin Atee
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