THE BRONG Ahafo Regional Police Chaplain, Chief Superintendent S.K. Abayie, has called on chiefs and other persons in authority to desist from greedy and selfish behaviours which only stirred strife.
The chaplain, who was preaching in Sunyani at a funeral service held for Lance Corporal Moses Darbah who was murdered during the Anlo chieftaincy dispute, noted that the 26-year-old officer could have attained greater heights in life but for the riot that took his life.
He said instead of stirring strife, people in authority must understand that God placed them in their various positions in order to offer service to his people.
Using biblical anecdotes, the chaplain said blessed were the peace makers for they shall be called the sons of God.
He urged all to endeavour to make peace prevail in every situation they found themselves.
Darbah's superiors and close associates have stated that he was a very diligent and committed person both at home and at work. His premature death, they said, was therefore a great loss not only to his family but to the Ghana Police Service and the entire nation as well.
It would be recalled that on November 1, 2007, a riot broke up in Anloga, in the Volta Region, where final enstoolment ceremony was being held to outdoor Togbui Sri III as the Awoamefia of the Anlo state.
Reports indicated that during the said ceremony, a cow meant for sacrifice at the Toli shrine was burnt alive by a group of youth, throwing the area into pandemonium which led to the police service sending a reinforcement team from Ho to help maintain law and order.
Moses Darbah was among the 150 personnel dispatched to keep peace in the area but unfortunately for him, he was abducted, callously murdered and thrown into the Keta lagoon.
The late Darbah had his secondary education at the Twene Amanfo Secondary School in Sunyani.
He then worked briefly with Green Plus Industry in Sunyani before joining the Police Service in 2005 after training at the Pwalugu Police Training School.
He was then posted to Ho, the capital of the Volta Region.
Darbah, who was one of the six persons reported dead during the riot, was buried yesterday at the Presbyterian cemetery in Sunyani, his home town. He left behind neither spouse nor child.