Prof. Ransford Gyampo, a political analyst and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana has vehemently criticized the sight of a military man holding the bag of a private legal practitioner as he is being guarded to court.
This criticism is necessitated by a viral picture of President Akuffo Addo’s lawyer for the election petition, Frank Davies and a military officer who holds his bag as he guards him to court.
According to the political scientist, guarding civilian appointees to court is never the responsibility of any military man.
Prof Gyampo states that the idea of military men guarding government officials or private workers degrades the police and invokes disobedience towards them by the public.
Gyampo in a post on Facebook says;
“It is not the duty of any soldier to be carrying the bag of any private legal practitioner to court. Defending the territorial integrity of any country does not include body-guarding civilian appointees. These gestures demoralize the Police and cause their public disrespect.
If we think the police is weak and can no longer offer such services as providing security for appointees and private people, the way to go is to strengthen them and check how we recruit people.”