The Foundation for Security Development in Africa (FOSDA) has urged the security agencies to work assiduously to restore the peaceful atmosphere the people Wa in the Upper West Region have enjoyed over the years.
According to FOSDA, the recent killings in the area is a wakeup call to the police and other security agencies in the country.
“Media reports suggests that about 7 to 10 private security men have been killed by unknown assailants in Wa within the last nine months with the latest incident happening last Friday 16th September, 2022.
“FOSDA’s daily media monitoring on Violent Incidents has captured six incidents of violence in the Upper West region since December 2021 with 2 casualties. One of the recorded violent cases was a murder case recorded on 9th September 2022. This makes the Upper West Region and the Wa Municipality a low violent area hence the neglect with regards to policing and other security measures,” the Executive Director for FOSDA, Theodora W. Anti disclosed in a statement.
She continued “We are alarmed that criminals have taken advantage of the peaceful environment in the municipality and perpetrated this atrocity on the blind side of the police and other security agencies. It is important that the issue is dealt with swiftly to restore the confidence of the people in the police and enhance the feeling of safety in the area.”
She however, commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for swiftly deploying 350 Police officers to the area to investigate and solve the mystery.
“We recommend that in the long-term’ security should be enhanced in the Upper West Region as well as other low crime and violent areas to minimize the probability of such heinous crimes occurring in the future.
“This is particularly crucial as Ghana strives to prevent extremists and terrorist attacks in any part of the country.”