Following last weekend’s attack unleashed by unknown men against some police officers on duty at the Ekori Police Station where one of the said officer’s AK-47 was reportedly snatched by the unknown men and the gun still at large thereby prompting an order by the State Commissioner of Police shutting down the station till further notice, a social media commentator and public affairs analyst, Mr. Offor Ubangha has written MoonRayNews this morning to register his unhappinesses over the Police Commissioner’s first line of of action on the issue. Below is Offor’s sentiment;
It’s unprofessional to shut down the operation of the station after the mishap. The Ekori facility has a mini barack for upto 10 policemen shelter needs. Therefore negligence and carelessness of the personnels on duty should not cause more danger or wreck havoc on the many innocent and indigent population who required state protection and security in the community.
On investigation, the police officers are professional in this regard, the site is on the highway and any commuter doesn’t necessarily hail or dwell here. Ekori community is experiencing this ugly trend firsthand. It’s not possible for the entire community to rescue such scenario as the wrong person was opportune to do the wrong act.
It’s expedient to apportion blame on the reckless officer not the community which has the duty in protecting others as a primary responsibility. Investigation can best be carried out in synergy but to shutdown the station is unacceptable and a collateral risk on lives and businesses in the vicinity. Its possible that the culprit aren’t dwelling in the community as the town is cosmopolitan and situated by the roadside.
The police remain the best stakeholder in the recovery process of the magnets. The community customarily would try to cooperate with the police in the bid. What is paramount in our concern is the manacle of public confidence in the handling of security and basic rights issues.
The fundamental objective of police is protection of rights, lives and property and the directives to shutdown operation is outrageous, a travesty and draconian in discontent. Infact it’s a rebellious inclination towards Ekori community.
The community has a coordinated structure in terms of organization and security inside the town not on the highway where the station is situated. Local vigilante have little or no concern in the night life at the junction suburbs as they are not permitted by law. If an officer is attacked by terrorists in the premises of the station doesn’t have any bearing with the innocence of the public who aren’t culpable for what happened.
Only a careful investigation and collaboration with intelligent stakeholders like the youth, town council, and palace in conjunction with ex service men, groups etc.
The police in recent response to the wake of robbery incidents on the highway were justified to arrest and prosecute members of the community suspected of criminal masterminds or violence as they left no stone unturned. It was common to see Police officers dressed tattered as SARS or special forces only identified as force men when on duty with the riffle on patrol either on bikes and hilux encouraged mostly because of the community’s cooperation they enjoyed.
The show of force in the community bequeathed a good legacy during the former DPO as no one dares a policeman to say a conspiracy against the station then because the police were the last to sleep, on patrol through out the night.
Organizational inefficiency doesn’t warrant rebellious inclination towards the host community.