A former MP for the Buem Constituency in the newly created Oti Region, Mr Daniel Ashaiman, has blamed the recent spate of insecurity in the country on the recruitment of unqualified persons into the Ghana Police Service.
Speaking on Kingdom FM, Thursday, Mr Daniel Ashaiman, intimated that recruitment of police personnel has become political with some top government officials using the Police Service as a dumping ground for unqualified party faithful.
This is in relation to the youth of Nkoranza in the Bono East Region have gone on a rampage as they attacked the Municipal Police headquarters demanding justice for Albert Donkor, a 28-year-old trader who was allegedly killed while in Police custody.
They freed six other suspects picked up by the Police as armed robbers together with the deceased.
He said the difficulties in curbing the menace of armed robbery results from ill-prepared police officials being made to deal with security challenges facing the country.
“If you need your country to progress to the best level, put your best brains in there and let them do that job honestly. I am saying it as a fact, we have taken security for granted, it has become a dumping ground, people that can’t get jobs because of incompetence, they can become Police Officers. It is the trend that is, unfortunately, graduating into bizarre levels from 1992 when we started this 4th republic.”
As the country struggles to find answers to the cause of insecurity and the surge in robbery cases, Mr Daniel Ashaiman was emphatic on the need for government to put a stop to politicisation in the recruitment of security personnel.
He noted that aside endangering the lives of the citizenry, the country risks remaining underdeveloped.