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It is important that members of the public appreciate the nuances of law enforcement and relate to them accordingly for the good of society. The status quo in areas where residents need more law enforcement because of the rampancy of crime leaves much to be desired.

It is only when this critical mass of Ghanaians understand this that law enforcement can register appreciable successes and by and large crime reduced to the barest minimum in especially such downtrodden portions of our urban centres.

We have been constrained to pitch camp on this subject because of a worrying development at Sabon Zongo, Accra recently.

The story which is graphically presented elsewhere in this edition is typical of slums and areas housing largely the poor and where access to education is highly limited due to varied factors. Sociologists can educate us better on this subject.

Five young men, the story goes, decided to lure a young lady to a hideout where after gang-raping her, videoed the action and threatened to circulate it if she did not turn up for a repeat.

It was not surprising that the victim, now on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, threatened to commit suicide, but for providence.

Sadly, none of the suspects is behind bars because of lack of cooperation from residents in the suburb who it would appear, do not find anything unusual about the boys’ conduct. We have learnt about how under the circumstances the police are unable to apprehend the suspects, having attempted earlier to no avail.

With no cooperation likely, we are miffed that what would eventually happen is that the suspected rapists would be let off the hook as they appear to be already – walking about freely even as their victim is traumatized and scared that her aggressors could make good their threat of disseminating the bad video.

There can be no limit to what these boys can do, given the delusion they seem to be basking in about their smartness and beyond arrest. After all, they are adequately covered by the shanties of the slum in the sprawling suburb and above all, the support of naïve residents who would brook no movement of the police in their neighbourhoods.

For how long shall we allow such nonsense to prevail in our societies which we love to present as civilized?

By this editorial we entreat the police to explore alternatives of apprehending the suspects lest they serve as dangerous models to the youth in their area and even beyond.

We must bring a closure to this infantile impunity by idle youth.

Source: Editorial/Daily Guide

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