Even before government reaches a decision on calls to improve security for Members of Parliament following the stabbing to death of Abuakwa North MP, J.B. Danquah, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, has asked MPs to consider buying guns for their own protection.
The Kpone Katamanso MP says the threats facing MPs in their line of work is increasingly becoming dangerous.
His comment comes on the back of the murder of Abuakwa North MP, J. B Danquah Adu.
Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo told Citi News MPs should start protecting themselves.
“If there is any MP who will not have the intention or even have the confidence or the knowledge of having a side-up, then it’s worrying. You should know that you have contested an election and some people lost because of you; and there are some who want to misbehave and you have to check them out.
"All these people become your enemy, so if you will only go and buy cement and iron rod and then put up a house without even looking for a side-up that will be approved of and licensed by the authorities for your personal protection, then you should have yourself to blame. We should be protecting our ourselves,” he suggested.
Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu was stabbed to death at his residence on Tuesday at Shiashi where he lived with his family.
Five persons including two women, and three men, have been arrested in connection with the killing.
The five includes a private security guard who was in the house on the day of the incident. The others are said to be residents of the house, but the police did not give further details about their identity.
In an interaction with some neighbors of the late MP, they told Fred Djabanor that they heard about the struggling between the MP and his attackers, which forced them out of their homes only to find out that he had been killed.
They claimed to have seen a ladder behind the late MP’s bedroom, which they suspect was used by the assailants. According to them, they saw a man run out of the house but he could not use the main entrance because they had by then called in the police who were stationed at the gate waiting to enter.
About J.B Danquah
The late Joseph Boakye Danquah, once served as a Deputy Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs. He was the Abuakwa North MP from 2000 until 2008, when he lost the seat to the NPP’s Prof. Samuel Amoako. He returned in 2012 to win the seat.
He left behind a wife and two children. Joseph Boakye Danquah, a chartered Accountant by profession, is the grandson of late J.B Danquah, a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar and historian, who played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana.
J.B Danquah escaped similar attack in 2010
The late MP escaped a similar attack in 2010, although Citi News has no facts to suggest that the incident of 2010 is connected to the current one. In that attack, the MP sustained a deep cut on his arm.
The assailants attacked him at a house at East Legon, believed to be his then girlfriend’s house. In February 2013, three persons who were prosecuted for allegedly causing harm to the late MP in that attack were convicted with fines.
In that case, the married MP’s girlfriend, was the one accused of plotting the attack on him over his refusal to give her money.