Criminologist Prof. Ken Attafuah says Sunday’s violent incident at the residence of Nana Akufo-Addo indicates Ghana may be sitting on ‘a keg of gunpowder.’
If violence could break out at the residence of the main opposition leader in the presence of the police, then the country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, he observed.
A health walk organised by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) last Sunday turned violent after it took a route in front of the residence of the NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo.
Smashed cement blocks, stones and broken bottles told a tale of clashes between New Patriotic Party and their rival National Democratic Congress supporters. Gunshots were also heard from the scene.
Prof. Atafuah said it would be disappointing if allegations of slow police response to violence at the residence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate last Sunday are confirmed.
He said taking into account the proximity of the Nima police to Nana Akufo-Addo Dankwa Addo’s residence, the situation should have been quickly diffused.
The Nima Police station is less than a minute’s walk or a shouting distance from Akufo-Addo’s residence.
Joy News’ Beatrice Adu reported that some of the NPP supporters booed the police for looking on whilst the NDC supporters defaced posters of the NPP Presidential candidate on the wall of the house.
Speaking on the clashes on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, the law professor and criminologist said the location of the violence is ‘too close for comfort’.
He said the failure of the police to respond quickly as alleged created fertile grounds for the NPP to mobilise supporters to protect the premises.