Murdering With Impunity


The facts about the Kumasi murders are sketchy but the reality of their negative fall-outs cannot be doubted. Yesterday?s edition of this newspaper had a story about the murder of two persons.

The accompanying picture of the remains of one of the two persons murdered, in what has been given multifaceted interpretations- gang warfare, political warfare and outright criminality- by different people, depict the gruesome nature of the murder.

While we are unable to ascertain the veracity of the interpretations being ascribed to the murders, we are sure though that they have the unfortunate power to rock the boat in this volatile city, if it is not handled properly or treated like the Agbogbloshie murders.

The existence of hoodlums in Kumasi, who have worked for bad politicians during the last political campaign season including the biometric registration period is not doubtable.

These bad boys, if we may label them as such, are still lurking around ready to be hired or even settle scores. Their brazenness shows just how confident they are about the leverage upon which they hinge.

These are elements known by the law enforcement agents in the vicinity and who, when it becomes necessary, can be rounded up. Not so, however, because it all depends upon who their godfathers are.

Some Ghanaians fear that murders, which have political undertones, are surely going to be consigned to the dustbin of bad cases never to be pursued. Like the Agbogbloshie murders, they are surely going to reach a dead end.

But as constant as the Northern Star, such brazenness and impunity, as history has shown us, are short-lived awaiting the date when the players behind them will face the ruling of posterity.

It is as though criminal elements have been given the carte blanche to operate as they please, outside the law.  We are ignoring these threats to security preferring, perhaps, to hide our heads in the sand as ostriches, in denial to our peril.

The impunity with which the dastardly act was carried out leaves much to be desired. A murder perpetrated in broad daylight by motorbike-riding persons, who are still eluding law enforcement agents, is not something we should gloss over.

It shows just how vulnerable we all are as a people in a polarised society in which selective enforcement of the law holds sway.

We demand that the law enforcement agents, who have the capacity to apprehend the culprits in the murder, do so without further delay. This should not be another Agbogbloshie.

We wish to counsel the PRO of the Ashanti Regional Police Command to be mindful about how he responds to questions regarding such subjects. His reference to one of the deceased persons as being on their wanted list, at this time, appears to give formal official support to the murder.

Such a remark suggests that, the Police might not be too enthused about delving into the case beyond useless rhetoric.

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