The Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning says calls for the dismissal of the CID boss, Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah over the murder of the four Takoradi kidnapped girls are legitimate, ABC News can report.
In the view of the security analyst, the public reserve the right to exercise dissatisfaction at the conduct of public officers in the execution of their mandate and by extension demand their removal.
Speaking on Accra based Joy FM, Dr Aning stated that in a country where it was unlikely for public officers to wilfully resign when they went wrong, the best tool available to the unsatisfied public is to call on the respective authorities to activate their dismissal.
“It is legitimate for the public particularly when they are unhappy to call for resignation, dismissal, administration queries, whatever. Also, in a democratic system and in a culture where resignation are not normal or usual, we need to allow the institutional processes for disciplinary measures to work,” he said.
Dr Aning added that “it is also fair to those whose dismissal or resignation is being requested that they are given a chance to explain themselves.”
At a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Acting Inspector of General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh said that the results of the DNA test on remains retrieved in Takoradi have been relayed to the families along with condolences.
A confirmation by the police that the kidnapped girls were not alive sparked uproar from a section of the public who criticised the Police for being unprofessional in the manner with which the case was handled.
The Director-General of the Criminal Investigative Department Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has particularly come under immense pressure, with many calling for her dismissal regarding some comments she made in the past suggesting that the police knew where the girls were adding that the girls were safe.
The CID Boss indicated on April 4, this year that: “We know where the girls are, they are safe…very soon they will be brought back home” but was however, quick to retract her statement under pressure, stating that she ‘wanted to give the families hope’ by that announcement, conceding the location of the girls remains unknown.
Subsequently, the Minister of State in-charge of National Security, Brian Acheampong in another interview noted that the missing Takoradi girls were alive and fine; indicating that rescue efforts were underway to bring them home.
The families of the kidnapped girls have since the announcement, called for the dismissal of the CID boss and National Security Minister on grounds that the two failed to deliver on the assurances they gave.
Dr Aning also condemned the posture of some police officers who were caught on camera laughing at yesterday’s news conference after the death of the girls had been announced by the Acting IGP.
“The behaviour of the officers behind the IGP shows that there is a huge gap between what the public expect and the levels of professional behaviour put forward by some police personnel and I am hoping that something is done about it,” he said.