Following the National Security’s supposed unwarranted demolishing of a structure to be used for the collection of road tolls by the University of Ghana, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Kwesi Yankah has rhetorically asked if the days of military rule are gradually creeping back to Ghana.
According to National Security Coordinator, Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo Lartey, the demolishing exercise which was undertaken on Tuesday dawn by some personnel from the National Security was necessary as it was wrongly sited and posed security threat to humans.
The current President of the Central University College, Prof. Yankah in a facebook post on the development said;
Welcoming back the military
I just returned from the Legon campus, and saw to my horror, a heap of concrete rubble, piled up at the Okponglo entrance of the University. Small crowds had stopped to look, and passers-by were peering in consternation. Was this an act of God? An over-zealous AMA at work? Then I heard whispers.
Apparently, a demolition squad had been at work at the dawn of Monday. They had worked at it early morning, and reduced the new toll booth to a pile of debris.
I later read a warning message from Col. Gbevlo Lartey, the Security Coordinator: if Legon dares to raise the structure, it will be demolished again!
That does not sound like the democratic Ghana we all knew.
Where did we lose the charming courtesies in dialogue, compromise, and respect for the rule of law?
Of what relevance is a toll both to national security? Are we back to the days of instant justice? Come on Ghana. Is anybody in control?
His comment echoes the voice of many other Ghanaians including University authorities who have expressed shock and disappointment at the action of the security personnel under the auspices of the National Security Coordinator, Larry Gbevlo Lartey.