- Government is considering adding the military to the number of police personnel in the country
- There have been two daylight robbery in Accra in two days
- One such daylight robbery saw armed men shoot a Lebanese Businessman
The minister in charge of national security, Bryan Acheampong, is hinting that government may soon bring on board the military to help deal with the menace of armed robberies, especially in Accra.
Checks by YEN.com.gh show that Ghana recorded close to 80 cases of armed in January 2018 alone as compared to 60 cases in 2017.
In an interview with Class FM in Accra, the minister revealed that the deficit in police personnel is an issue that government is considering very seriously.
"To comfort Ghanaians and to provide real solutions or an action to stem the increase in armed robbery, we are going to use the military to beef up the police forces," he revealed.
The minister's promises follow the rate of insecurity across the country especially in the capital of Accra.
Armed robbery cases have been on the rise with a daylight robbery incident happening at an automobile company is one of the instances.
Earlier today, a Lebanese man was shot dead shortly after he went to withdraw cash from Zenith Bank. An eyewitness narrated that the deceased's car was blocked by the armed gang who then shot him and bolted with an amount believed to be 200,000 cedis.
Although investigations into the robbery are underway as the police mount a man-hunt for all four armed robbers, some eyewitnesses who spoke on Joy FM claim that these robbers may have been tipped off by a worker of the company in which the Lebanese works.
Records by the Ghana Police Service reveal that the ratio of security officials to civilians currently stands at 1 policeman to 500 Ghanaians. This troubling reality falls in sharp contrast with the success stories of various African countries who have a satisfactory of police per civilian ratio.
In Kenya for example, the police to population, according to africacheck.org stands at 1 police officer to 448 civilians while in Nigeria (the most populated country in Africa), the police to civilian population stands at 370,000 to about 170 million Nigerians.
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