Samson’s point of view: IGP Akuffo Dampare’s loyalty to the law
The Constitution of Ghana, the supreme law of the country, prohibits any discriminatory treatment based in particular on a person’s social status. It reinforces this by adopting one of the major ideals of a democracy – the principle of equality before the law. The truth is, this is how we build a happy, prosperous and sustainable democratic society. If only a few privileged classes of politicians, powerful, rich and influential enjoy the benefits of this democracy, it will not survive.
He’s going to collapse. Ignoring such ideals breeds lawlessness and emboldens and forces people to resort to protests and violence in almost justifiable extrajudicial efforts to assert their rights to equal treatment when the established order denies them decency. and human dignity. Speaking at the recently concluded Ghana Bar Association annual conference in Bolgatanga, National Security Coordinator Major General Francis Adu-Amanfoh rightly noted that a country whose the masses have lost confidence in the judicial system and are not assured of a fair trial is a bomb ready to explode.
He stressed that “such conditions create a vulnerable population that can be manipulated to revolt against the established order, and provide a real justification for the masses to take justice into their own hands and act in a way that threatens the security of the world. ‘State “.
Many mothers in cells and prisons have seen these many people join with celebrities in lambasting the court for inflicting on Akuapem Poloo far less than a quarter of the sentence the law dictates for his conduct against the welfare of his child. child, which prompted the police to pursue her. You campaigned for his release and this may have influenced the appeals court’s decision to grant him bail pending the decision of his appeal against the rather lenient sentence.
Many even more responsible mothers are serving even longer sentences for less serious offenses but they are not “celebrities” so you will not campaign for non-custodial sentences for them or for their release in the name of. to be mothers. And as in that case, your public stance in denouncing her contemptible conduct when it became public, in part informed the trial court’s decision not to just fined her when she pleaded guilty.
You sentenced many cassock charlatans working overtime to accuse this IGP, the police and the trial court of doing the right thing in arresting Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah for facing the law like no one any ordinary citizen would have been subjected to and probably in the most embarrassing manner.
I don’t know what your motivation is, but I do know that those who know better and have good intentions for this country rejoice in the action that sends the right signals to all that those who break the law will not be spared, little does not matter who they are or think of themselves in society.
On Sunday in Bolga and before the GBA conference I had the privilege of having a conversation with very high level lawyers some of whom are senior police officers and they were rightly very concerned about some very disturbing recent acts. which breed anarchy and impunity.
The recent public boasting of a man on television that he had killed numerous people for money rituals and the conduct of Owusu Bempah and his associates engaged us, and all were unanimous in saying that if the police did not act promptly on these two public confessions and the conduct of crimes, the negative effects on security and law enforcement will be severe.
I admit that at the time of this conversation, I had no idea that the police had already acted on these two. I was delighted to learn of the arrests the next day. In fact, a casual examination of the conduct of Owusu Bempah and his associates will reveal that they should be tried on more than the two counts of offensive conduct promoting the violation of public order and the threat of death.
IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare has started well and deserves everyone’s support to prevent this country from slipping into failure in law enforcement and our collective safety and protection.
Ignore the ignorant comments that the lower court did something wrong by denying Owusu Bempah bail. Yes, all offenses are subject to bail, thanks to Martin Kpebu, but bail has and never will be, and judges have the discretion to exercise their decision to grant or deny release. on bail taking into account all the facts of a particular case.
The impudence of ignorant commentators is embarrassing because it betrays, in most cases, a deliberate ploy to influence gullible people and poison the minds of their many legal illiterate audiences against the IGP and the lower court.
If you have a sincere love for the country, support IGP Akuffo Dampare to actively and expeditiously use due process in a way that secures our collective good and allows suspects access such as Owusu Bempah has been granted, leading to the granting of bail by the High Court.
It takes people like IGP Akuffo Dampare who seem naturally predisposed to conduct themselves in fidelity to the rule of law and in respect for good governance and democracy to brave obstacles whatever the stakes for God and the country. . The least we can do is rally as much support as possible to stem and stop the growing lawlessness and impunity, insecurity and the real threat to good order.
Samson Lardy ANYENINI
September 18, 2021 Number 31