September 5, 2013

The Member of Parliament for the Effutu constituency, Alex Afenyo Markin is calling for an end to what seems like a policy of shoot-to-kill in combating crime.

This follows the killing of two Police officers in Winneba in the Central Region after they were mistaken for armed robbers.

According to the lawmaker, the Police will have to revise its strategy due to the loss of innocent lives in similar circumstances.

He suggested that “some more rational approach could have been adopted because I believe that in such situations, communication is the key.”

Mr. Markin recalled that the Police on some occasions have used the shoot-to-kill strategy where a good Samaritan who called the Police about a robbery attack “eventually lost his life because the Police mistook him to be an armed robber…So I would want some introspection on this matter and the IGP should look at it.”

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Cephas Arthur has denied the existence of a shoot-to-kill strategy.

“The Police Service hasn’t got any policy or any strategy known as shoot-to-kill. There is nothing of the sort. We continuously study, re-train…so that we can always be at par with changing times and for that matter, the Police has already commenced such training.”