Lome Togo police station
In Togo, if you are being robbed, you have two options: hide if you can or call the Ghanaian police. Yes, I mean not Togo but Ghana because Togolese policemen are so poorly equipped, not to say "not equipped at all" to the point where they run or hide themselves when they are called to arrest robbers. If I offer to call Ghana’s police, it’s not to make fun of the situation but because in the past, when the Togolese citizens were in danger like for instance during the great floods of 2009 and the fire of the large market of Lome in 2013, Togolese officials had called respectively the Ghanaian military and firefighters to save the days because our military and firefighters were unable to rescue their people. So I simply suggest that we do the same with the police. Should we laugh or cry? Well I prefer to laugh to calm my neurons a little before such desolation.
Almost two months ago, the store of a Lebanese businessman was looted by robbers in the big market of Lome. When the officers of the nearest police station heard gunshots, they had the wonderful idea to turn off the lights and lock themselves inside their station. A similar scenario occurred two weeks ago at the airport of Lome when robbers managed to take nearly 3 billion CFA francs ($1.5 million) from some businesswomen who were traveling as our policemen locked themselves again inside the airport together with passengers, leaving the robbers to operate tranquilly in the parking.