Security Analyst, Adib Saani, has pointed to what he described as porous nature of investigations and low probability of criminals getting arrested as reasons for the spike in murder cases.
Mr. Saani expressed concern about the situation where police investigators do not show up in court with enough evidence leading to criminals being set free.
“As a matter of fact, the porous nature of our investigation regime is making it very rewarding to perpetrate crime because the probability of getting caught when you perpetrate a crime in Ghana is quite low,” according to Adib Sani.
According to the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, there were 144 murder cases recorded in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to 123 in the first quarter of 2020.
He said the issue needs to be addressed, noting that, “one loss of life in Ghana is one life too many.”
There was marginal improvement in reported kidnapping cases with 26 recorded, and the first quarter of 2021 as against 27 in the first quarter of 2020.
For reported robbery cases, there was a drop from 525 to 495 cases, when comparing the first quarters of 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Reported rape cases reduced from 119 to 97 in the same period, the Minister also noted.