Ghana's Police Service is acknowledged worldwide as one of the finest in Africa. This hard won reputation is the result of years of commitment to professionalism as well as best and modern practices of policing in general. Maintenance of this acquired fame demands constant vigilance as any aberration will negate all the gains the Police Administration had made and continues to make. It is in this light we feel compelled to revisit an issue we brought to the knowledge of the public in 2011.
Over a year after recommendations were made by Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) Bureau to the Inspector General of Police's office to the effect that Inspector Adjei Dzoekpe be charged with careless and inconsiderate driving, negligently causing harm and failing to report accident, after knocking a young lady down with a saloon car and abandoning her, the IGP's office is yet to act on the advice.
The failure of the Police to prosecute the suspect has raised suspicion of complicity among duty bearers who have been tasked to deal with the case. Again, observers believe that the IGP appears to be condoning apparent criminality by not allowing the law to take its course.
The sloppy manner in which the Police Administration is handling the case is very disturbing considering the fact it is over a year now when she was knocked down and abandoned to her fate.
As reported on our front page, the suspect, as well as the Police authorities, have done close to nothing to lessen the physical and psychological pain the victim has endured over the one year since the accident.
The victim's family have had to bear the full cost of her treatment with no assistance whatsoever from the Police.
It is unfortunate that notwithstanding the image cleansing exercise that Police begun under the current IGP, certain action and inaction of the institution is undermining such laudable effort.
While we do not intend to remind the public of the pain many might have endured in the hands of some of law enforcers, it is instructive to note that Public Agenda has over the years had to intervene on behalf of victims of the type of neglect in issue and yet similar cases recur. We find the phenomenon indeed very worrying.
Public Agenda respectfully wishes to remind the IGP and his outfit that the Fourth Republican Constitution expressly enjoins all citizens, regardless of their status in life, to uphold the canons of respect for fundamental rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.
The Constitution further affirms equality before the law for all citizens and frowns upon any form of discrimination in respect of gender, ethnicity, and political party, among others. Consequently, any action or inaction that violates any of these democratic tenets should not be countenanced by the society.
We call on the IGP to do whatever it takes to ensure that justice is done in this matter. The lukewarm posture of the Police Administration is creating wrong signals and since the buck stops with the IGP, we duly hold him responsible for the undue delay in the matter as the administration's inaction is a violation of the victim's constitutional rights and civil liberties.