NR: Auditor General’s report on missing AK 47s extremely worrying – Security Analyst

Security Analyst, Mr. Moses Jantuat has expressed worry about the loss of 5 AK 47 rifles and 100 rounds of ammunition as reported by the 2020 Auditor General’s report. Mr Jantuat said he was surprised that the Police had not been able to provide justifiable reasons for the loss of the arms and ammunitions.

He said the situation calls for worry as criminal suspects have in the past confessed having obtained weapons from their criminal counterparts within the police. Speaking to Samuel Mbura on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, Mr. Jantuat called on the Police Administration to conduct quick investigations into the matter and present its findings.

According to Mr. Jantuat, the Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has constantly drawn the attention of the public to the increasing number of illicit weapons in the hands of members of the public and said that issues like these should not be taken lightly.

“Due to the strict mechanisms in the handling of arms and ammunition at the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies, it is why it is surprising to some of us that Northern Regional Police Command has not been able to resolve this issue until it was discovered by the auditor general”.

“We are alarmed by the findings. The Armorer-General issues guidelines to all armouries in the country, on issuing and the receipts of weapons and ammunition before officers are deployed for operations,” he explained.

Background

Five AK-47 rifles and 100 rounds of ammunition are missing from the armoury of the Tamale Police Station; this is according to the Auditor-General’s report.

The non-existence of the arms and ammunitions was discovered by Auditors when they inspected the armoury. There was no information as to the whereabouts of these rifles.

Sources say, the rifles and the ammunition were issued to officers as part of Operation Calm Life, but have not been returned.

On February 5, 2018, government launched ‘Operation Calm Life’ to combat criminal activities in the Northern Region. About 300 security personnel were drawn from all the law enforcement agencies and put together for the initiative.

The move is to augment the patrols of security personnel in the wake of armed robbery attacks, political vigilantism, as well as chieftaincy and land disputes in the area.

The armourer told auditors that management had referred the case to the Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for investigation.

However, as at the time of the audit in August, 2020, the CID could not provide the audit team with the status of the investigation being carried out to ensure the successful retrieval of the rifles.

The auditors directed the Regional Police administration to conduct an urgent and thorough investigation and mete out sanctions where appropriate

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