The Inspector General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, has served notice the police will not treat anyone beating war drums in Ghana with kids? gloves, because they want to ?jealously guard? the prevailing peace.
The IGP, who did not mince words at a press briefing at the Police Headquarters in Accra on Wednesday, said they are poised to ?religiously protect the peace? in Ghana and warned that no one should overstretch their patience.
?Don?t misconstrue our calmness as sign of weakness,? IGP Quaye told the press. ?We?ll jealously and religiously protect the peace.?
He added: ?The police are poised to deal decisively with anyone who wants to disturb the peace in Ghana before, during and after elections. I urge all Ghanaians to respect and use existing police structures in addressing all grievances. We?ll not discriminate or be bias towards any political groupings.?
?We shall stay glued to our legally accepted position to be accountable to the law. We welcome open, honest and constructive criticism because we believe it will refine us. We caution that destructive criticisms are not welcomed. Some people are becoming overly temperamental and using harsh words to bring our work down.?
IGP Quaye called on all Ghanaians, especially the media to help promote peace this election year by ?blacklisting? all individuals bent on using their platforms to ?promote parochial lies.?
?We need the active cooperation of all stakeholders to safeguard the peace of Ghana. The media should be very professional in this election year.
?Don?t use issues that will create problems. Don?t give platforms to individuals or groups that will go about promoting parochial lies. It will help us avoid situation that will let us compromise our peace,? the IGP said.