Within a period of two months, as many as five policemen and women have been killed by criminals. The latest one is the gruesome murder of Sgt Michael Dzamesi and Lance Corporal Mohammed Awal at Kasoa last week Wednesday. Awal has since been buried in Kumasi, in accordance with Islamic rites. The motive behind these senseless killings is not known, because all the cases are still under investigation.
But, as we wait for the outcomes of these investigations, The Chronicle congratulates the police for the swift manner the killers of these officers were arrested. In all the cases under review, it took the police less than five days to grab the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Eric Kojo Dua, who reportedly killed the Kasoa officers, was arrested this weekend. It was a well rehearsed strategy with the support of spirited individuals that led to the arrest of the suspected criminal.
The development shows that the police have now upped their game when it comes to investigations. Until human bones were uncovered in a septic tank at Kansawrodo, a suburb of Sekondi a few weeks ago, nobody averted his or her mind to the possibility of the Takoradi kidnapped girls being killed by their captors.
Though both the government and the police have not issued any official communication, signals we are picking indicate that the bones could be that of the three missing girls. How investigations established that human parts had been buried in the septic tank, is itself, a mystery.
This, to us, shows that if the police are equipped with all the modern gadgets needed for effective investigations, mysteries surrounding most of the murder cases could be resolved. But whilst commending the police for the feat, we equally implore them to establish the reason behind the senseless killing of its personnel. Ever since the Kasoa killing came to the attention of the public, social media has been awash with allegations, which, we believe, have come to the attention of the police themselves.
We are unable to mention some of these allegations, because, as a paper that publishes nothing but the truth, we do not have any evidence to back what is being alleged in these social media platforms. But, as the adage goes, there is no smoke without fire – there might be a little bit of truth in the allegation, and only through proper investigations that this can be established.
We also advice the top hierarchy of the police to conduct regular in service training for personnel, especially the way they relate to the public.
Per the account of the little girl in whose provisions store Sgt Dzamesi was killed, the deceased allegedly slapped suspect Dua, who, out of apparent anger, went to his car, fetched his weapon, and shot the officer. If the account of the little girl is actually true, it means the death of the two personnel could have been avoided.
The police should find ways and means of luring and arresting offenders of the law without resorting to the use force that would endanger their own lives. Force must always be applied when the arresting officers are well equipped to handle any fallout.
The Public Relations Unit of the service should also embark on public sensitisation programmes to educate the general public to see the policeman or woman as a friend, and not an enemy.
If this suggestion is well executed, it will create a cordial relationship between the police and the public. This, no doubt, can contribute to the lowering of attacks on police officers who are performing their lawful duties.