receives anonymous threats
By Kweku Asare, ACCRA
Accra, Sept 13, Ghanadot.com - The last time I heard this,
it was university professors who either being threatened or
politicians who were either sending nasty text messages,
including threats to each other and the police being called
in to investigate the matter. Today, it is the Inspector
General of Police (IGP) himself who has received death!
This week the Inspector General of Police Mr. Patrick
Kwarteng Acheampong disclosed that he has been has been
receiving what appears to be death threats from anonymous
He told the media the threats have come in the form of text
messages and they involve issues such as the MV Benjamin
cocaine scandal currently in court and the recent transfers
within the Ghana Police Service.
Mr Acheampong said he received two of the threats between
Tuesday and Wednesday, and does not intend to treating them
One of the messages read: “You were able to come out of the
cocaine case but this one you will never go free. We will
show you that power is not everything. We are sorry 4 your
The second message read: "Mr. IGP,… (name withheld) is
leaving with his 2 legs but u will stay in a wheel chair. We
shall see. u have only 7 days 2 enjoy the post".
Police sources said they would not reveal the motives,
concerning the motives behind the messages, but said it
would not rule out their linkage to the retirement of some
senior police officers announced last month.
The Ghana Police Council, in a letter dated August 24, 2007
signed by the IGP, directed some 22 senior police officers
to proceed on their terminal leave this month, prior to
Police sources told Ghanadot that crack investigators are to
be detailed to probe the source of the messages, stressing
that no stone will be left unturned.
Someone may be wondering if using the mobile phone to issue
threats was the best way to utilize the technology. But the
truth is that if the IGP of all people is being threatened
and the perpetrators cannot or would not be found, how
vulnerable are we, the ordinary people?
My inclination is that we could use this as a springboard to
reach out to grab persons using this new technology for all
the wrong reasons.
Kweku Asare, ACCRA, September 13, Ghanadot.com