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Ghana Police Now Operates alongside Invincible Forces -Nyaho- Tamakloe

Ghanaian statesman and ex military officer, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has chastised the Police, saying the current setbacks with the Police Service regarding crowd control has rather resulted in operating a militia alongside the regular police.

He recounted what transpired at Ayawaso West Wuogon as a vivid case of militia executing the work of the police.

“Those you saw in the so called fancy dressed, were they regular police officers?” he asked

The former Ghana’s Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro was having an interview with Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise Morning Show on his thorough accounts of the two day Arise Ghana protest which was organized under the auspices of Arise Ghana Movement in collaboration with some political parties from Tuesday 28th to Wednesday 29th June, 2022.

There was a total fracas, mayhem and clash between the protesters and the police during the maiden day of the demonstration.

Mr. Nyaho-Tamakloe indicates that, he is not taken aback about the recent unfortunate incidents of police abusing, intimidating civilians and mishandling protesters as well as the persistent use of brute force against unarmed civilians.   

“I am surprised some of you are surprised about what is happening now. They are political elements not professional people. When you have a militia and regular police service, the militia definitely overtakes the roles of the regular police and that is what we are seeing now” Nyaho-Tamakloe expressed.

He cast back his memory, adding that demonstrations have been staged in Ghana since the days of Nkrumah and there were evidences of a series of serious protests across subsequent political regimes as the infamous one like the ‘ku me preko’ demo during the time of Jerry Rawlings.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe stressed that the Police, then, were more cooperative, friendly and protected protesters without any despicable act of unleashing violence on demonstrators.

“A significant event was a rally we had in Kumasi, same as ‘kume preko’ but I think we called it ‘sie me preko’. When we got there, we saw the military lined up when we were marching to Kumasi and our people were charged, and the soldiers had their heads down with their rifles just pointing to the ground. I was shocked and we passed peacefully,” he said.

He further explained that even when the leadership of the ‘sie me preko’ demo had left the grounds for refreshment elsewhere, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander at the time came to them in a civil and diplomatic manner to plead with them to go back to the grounds and call the protesters to order,but the protesters insisted they wouldn’t disperse until the leaders of the demonstration ask them to leave the premises.

According to Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, modern policing is not about the show of brute force and what the police perpetuated on the first day of the demonstration was uncalled for and a disgrace to the people of Ghana. He also recommends that communication is a very powerful way of calming tempers down when demonstration strives on confusion and chaos.

By Lawrence Odoom|

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