A former ally of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby has criticized the President’s handling of the Ghana Police Service, accusing him of gradually making the service his Gestapo.
For him, the freedoms of Ghanaians have been arrested by President Nana Akufo-Addo, a supposed human rights defender: “The #GhPolice is fast becoming #Akufo-Addo’s GESTAPO
OUR FREEDOMS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY THE ‘HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’. #FixthecountryNOW!” He wrote in a post sighted by MyNewsGh.com
The Energy Expert’s comments come a day after heavily armed police officers stormed the Independence Square in Accra to ensure that youths calling for the country to be fixed under the banner #FixTheCountry were prevented from congregating and possibly embarking on a demonstration against Government.
Since the President assumed the reins of power in 2017, there has been several incidents of police brutality against citizens.
According to the encyclopedia Britannica, Gestapo is “abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei (German: “Secret State Police”), the political police of Nazi Germany.
The Gestapo ruthlessly eliminated opposition to the Nazis within Germany and its occupied territories and, in partnership with the Sicherheitsdienst (SD; “Security Service”), was responsible for the roundup of Jews throughout Europe for deportation to extermination camps.”
The term is used in modern times to talk about a police service that does the bidding of the government in power, usually repressive acts of the government.