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Murder of Mfantseman MP: Let's deal with the demand, supply of firearms - Prof Aning

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Professor Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
Professor Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
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Professor Emmanuel Kwesi Aning, Director at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre has called on the government to deal with the supply and demand of firearms in the country.

According to him, tackling other issues and not focusing on the demand and supply of firearms will not solve the security issues in the country.

He stated that there has been an increase in access to guns.

"The 850% increase in availability is related to the original baseline survey we did in 2004 for the government of Ghana and the UNDP. So there seem to be certain... of getting access to these guns and using them."

Speaking on Joy FM's 'NewsFile' on the murder of the Mfantseman MP Ekow Quansah Hayford, Prof Aning said we are at major risk if these concerns are not properly addressed.

"We are at a major risk that is why this conversation should focus not only on the terribly unfortunate murder of my former student but we need to understand the demand side, why do people demand these guns, what are the dynamics driving demand. But even more importantly the supply side because when we turn to take a very simple approach to this we overlook some of the critical dynamics."

Recounting some events of the past, he said a group of transnational criminals were unravelled in Ashanti Region when COP Nathan Kofi Boakye was the commander of the region.

In effect shows that guns are brought into the country from as far as Congo.

"When Kofi Boakye was the Police Commander in Kumasi he unravelled a smuggling transnational criminals group that were bringing in guns from as far as Congo.  There were people bringing in guns from Côte d'Ivoire, we are one of the major importers of industrial explosives, so there is something that both makes us a demand-driven enclave with respect to small-arms but certainly also supplying those who need these guns."

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has also summoned Interior Minister Ambrose Dery to appear before parliament over the murder of Mfantseman MP Ekow Quansah Hayford.

He is excepted to be in the house on Tuesday.

Parliament in a statement has called for an expedited investigation into the killing of the MP.

The MP was shot on the Abeadze Dominase–Abeadze Duadzi–Mankessim road by some unknown assailants on Friday, October 9, 2020.

In mourning the late MP, Parliament called on the security agencies to fast-track efforts to bring perpetrators of the dastardly crime to book.

“The Speaker and Members, while mourning the loss of their colleague, have expressed the hope for expedited action to find and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.”

Parliament described the late MP as someone who “was quiet and hard-working”.

“The late Hon. Member was a quiet, hardworking man, who did his job diligently with very little fuss.”

Parliament eulogised the late MP in a statement issued on Friday, October 9, 2020.