A legal practitioner, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, has condemned President John Mahama’s decision to reward the taxi driver who thwarted a robbery operation by knocking the robbers down with his vehicle with a house.
As we would recall, the taxi driver rammed his car into the motorbike of the two robbers – Abaliku Sannie, 35, and Oko Quaicoo, 30 – who attacked and shot at a sales girl of the Koala Supermarket reportedly on her way to deposit sales at the bank. An armed soldier coincidentally emerged on the scene and helped to effect the arrest of the duo, who were still shooting and making attempts of escape even in their injured state.
Already, the supermarket has promised getting him a new car, the police has earlier scheduled to honour him by repairing the damaged vehicle in addition to a house being sponsored by the president.
Read Taxi Driver Who Knocked Down Robbers to Be Rewarded with New Car and House to get the full gist on the incident as well as the proposed rewards for the cab man.
Prof. Asare feels the initiative of the government is commendable, but in the real sense, could be a recipe for disaster.
But the State should be more careful. Driving your car into someone is a crime, even if the person is a suspected criminal. As tempting as it is to be seen to be endorsing what the Driver did, I strongly believe it is error for the President to reward it,” the US-based Ghanaian law professor posted on his Facebook wall.
Below is his full post:
Does the President’s state funded reward to the Koala Taxi Driver endorse vigilantism as part of the criminal justice system?
PS: For the avoidance of doubt, I do not have any difficulties with the Koala Driver. I like what he did and would easily give him a reward.
But the State should be more careful. Driving your car into someone is a crime, even if the person is a suspected criminal. As tempting as it is to be seen to be endorsing what the Driver did, I strongly believe it is error for the President to reward it.
Let us not forget that the Koala driver saw something and acted. Someone may have only seen the driver running into the suspects. Will that someone, seeing the driver running into what the driver thought were suspects but whom the someone thinks are regular motor bikers, be justified in pouncing on the driver and pouring acid on him?
State supported Vigilantism will put all of us on a slippery slope to chaos.