Be champions against lawlessness – Akufo-Addo to Ghanaians
President Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians to campaign actively against lawlessness in the country.
He said each citizen must be a “natural champion” of a law-based state.The president made the appeal in an address at the launch of the E-justice project at the Law Complex in Accra. Akufo-Addo charged the country’s Judiciary to play its role effectively to help in maintaining law and order, adding that the judiciary must treat crimes such as vigilantism, corruption and fraud with utmost seriousness to rid the country of lawlessness.
“As we seek to move our country to a situation beyond aid. I urge all Ghanaians, to be natural champions of a law-based state whose establishments are solid enough to sanction effectively vigilantism, fraud, cyber fraud including assault on and by law enforcement officers,” the president said. Akufo-Addo’s comment comes in the wake of a viral video that shows a commercial bus driver and his conductor physically assaulting a uniformed police officer in Accra. The incident is among the many in recent times that indicate public mistrust in the police and other law enforcement agencies following several incidents including police brutalization of citizens. The president at a meeting with members of the Ghana Bar Association a day earlier his government will do its best to address the growing phenomenon of impunity and lawlessness in the country. He stressed that the state will ensure strict application of the law in tackling the breakdown of law and order in the country.“We need to come to grips with [the situation]. I want to assure you the Ghanaian people that whatever steps that needs to be taken to deal with
this phenomenon of impunity; I’m going to do my best to tackle it. I call for your support and the support of all right-thinking citizens in our society to contribute,” Akufo-Addo said in that meeting.