Stop politicization of crime; it encourages criminals - Sammy Awuku

Stop politicization of crime; it encourages criminals - Sammy Awuku

The National Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) Sammi Awuku has vehemently condemned what he describes as the politicization of crime in the wake of the recent arrest of the suspects behind the kidnapping of two Canadian ladies in Kumasi.

According to him, the politicization of crime emboldens criminals to continue perpetrating crime knowing that one political party or the other would come to their defence whenever they are caught.

Moments after the news of the arrest of Seidu Mba by security operatives, the issue took a political twist with social media being awash with claims that the suspect was a known NPP supporter and a member of the party’s militia group, Delta Force.

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The NDC held a press conference on Thursday, June 13, insisting that Seidu who was said to be the ringleader of the kidnappers was an NPP member and even went ahead to produce an audio interview the suspect was alleged to have had with a Kumasi based station where he stated he was an NPP member.

The NPP also made a series of claims alleging that the suspect was a known NDC member and even alleged that the embattled NDC Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo hd bought Seidu Mba a Range Rover vehicle and had been seen on countless times around senior NDC officials.

But Sammi Awuku speaking on Kasapa FM condemned the unnecessary politicization of the issue, stressing that crime is crime and should be treated as such devoid of political colorization.

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“If an armed robber comes to attack you in the night he doesn’t ask you to show your party card, whether you’re NPP or NPP that does not matter to him, he goes ahead and commits the crime. I plead with the youth on both sides of the political divide and communicators of both the ruling party and the opposition NDC that crime has no colour.

We shouldn’t let the politicization of crime create a fertile ground for a criminal to perpetuate crime and later clothe his bad deeds with a political party so that depending on which party he aligns himself with, it’s supporters will defend him with the other side attacking," he added.

He added that, the practice if not stopped would continue to embolden criminals.

"If anyone commits a crime let’s judge the person based on the content of his or her character and not the political party affiliation,” he said.

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