Political science lecturer with the University of Ghana Department of Political Science, Prof. Ransford Yaw Gyampo has reacted to a photo making rounds on social media that captured a uniformed military officer aiding a private legal practitioner with his bag at the premises of the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 28.
The identity of the lawyer has since been revealed and it was Frank Davies, one of President Akufo-Addo’s legal team member for the 2020 election petition who was recently reported in the media to have thrown shades at former president John Dramani Mahama’s legal team for the 2020 election petition.
Reacting to the photo, the university professor said it is a total disrespect to the police whose mandate is to give protection to citizens when the need arises. He noted also that the soldier was not suppose to be aiding a lawyer to court as it is not the mandate of the Ghana Armed Forces.
“It is not the duty of any soldier to be carrying the bag of any private legal practitioner to court. Defending the territorial integrity of any country does not include body-guarding civilian appointees.
These gestures demoralizes the Police and cause their public disrespect,” he stated in a facebook post sighted by GhanaVanguard.com.
He further continue that if the citizenry believes that the police is weak in providing security to private individuals, the best thing to do is to call for a re-look into how recruitment into the service is done so that the military officers would be glued to their core mandate of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
He added that if the emerging precedent is not immediately halted, the civilian public is what will in the future face the consequences.
“If we think the Police is weak and can no longer offer such services as providing security for appointees and private people, the way to go is to strengthen them and check how we recruit people there.
We have no business “civilianizing” our soldiers. It would come back to hunt us,” he noted with a sense of worry.