Vociferous broadcaster Mugabe Maase has descended heavily on Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, over his recent comments about insecurity in the country.
The police chief is reported to have discounted suggestions that the country was not safe for citizens, following the recent spate of armed robbery and murders.
This comes on the heels of the killing of a police constable, Emmanuel Osei, who was shot dead by armed men who attacked a bullion van he was escorting on Monday.
Reports of robbery and killings have inundated news reports on mainstream media in the last few weeks but when IGP Oppong-Boanuh visited the family of the slain police in Kasoa, he fired back at his critics for saying he was not doing his best in combatting crime in the country.
“We are doing what we can to protect the people of Ghana. There is no society in the world where there is no crime. Even in the USA, UK, and Sweden, where they, more or less have everything, they still have crime. The only place that doesn’t have crime is heaven and we are not in heaven,” Oppong-Boanuh fumed.
His comment has attracted a backlash from a section of Ghanaians and security experts in the last 2 days.
On his programme, the GUMBE show Thursday night on TV XYZ, Mugabe Maase, who always refers to the police chief as his uncle, said he could not fathom why “a whole IGP will make that kind of comment.”
To him, the IGP did not show emotional intelligence when interacting with media immediately after commiserating with the family of the deceased.
“You are my uncle, IGP, but I will fire you…You are tired. What is happening means you are tired. You have to go home because you are not on top of your game,” he said.
He bemoaned the increasing highway robbery cases and other crimes that keep appearing in news and said the IGP was doing little to save the situation.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director for the Platform for Peace and Security, Africa, Abass Osabutey has blamed the recent incessant armed robbery attacks on bullion vans on the IGP.
The security analyst said if the Ghana Police Service adheres to regulations such incidents will not happen.
Osabutey who was reacting to the attack on a bullion van that led to the killing of two blamed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for the crime.
Abass Osabutey who chastised the IGP on XYZ Tonight hosted by prince Kwame Minkah indicated that there are regulations that banks that want to convey cash from one point to another must do that in amoured bullion vans rather than the pick-up trucks that are being used in recent times.
“The IGP must be blamed for the unfortunate incident because he knows that there are regulations to how cash should be moved from one bank to the other, ” he told host Prince Kwame Minkah.