19 December 2012

Ghana: As Christmas Approaches Police to Get Harder On Criminals

Kumasi — THE ASHANTI Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyenning has hinted that the police are ready to fight criminals who have vowed to make Ashanti Region a difficult place to stay.

According to Augustine Gyenning, the Ashanti Regional Police Command, even before, during and after the Christmas festivities, were not going to take it gentle with criminals in the region, but would rather make the place a bitter place for them to live in.

Addressing Journalists at a press conference yesterday, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander assured residents in the region that they should not entertain any fears, as the police are there to ensure their safety, adding that all hideouts of the criminals would be raided.

The commander disclosed that the steps that were taking by the police on December 7 General Election would be continued, saying this time round it would be tougher than before, warning that if the criminals are thinking that Ashanti Region would be safe for them, then they better think again.

He disclosed that during the general election, the Ashanti Regional police recorded eleven different criminal cases across the region. He named some of cases as attempted murder, multiple registration, attempted double voting, assault, kidnapping and post election disturbances.

On the issue of attempted murder, the Ashanti Regional Commander explained that on December 6, at about 550 hours, the NDC parliamentary candidate for Obuasi, Mr. Samuel Oppong and one other NDC candidate, on board a Mahindra Pick-up with registration Number GR2612-12, and traveling from Akrofrom, was assailed by gunshots from unknown assailants, who were riding unregistered motor-bike. According to him, no arrest was made and the police are still searching for the culprits.

Those who were caught with multiple registrations, according to DCOP Gyenning, include one Yakubu Iddrisu, 34, who also registered under the name Mohammed Sadat at a different location in Kumasi. Others include Idana Kusi Bernard, 23, and Kofi Adongo, 22, and Samuel Osei Asibey, 42.

Assault cases recorded during the same period, revealed by DCOP Augustine Gyenning, was meted out to an Electoral Commission Officer, John Kofi Atta, by some six gentlemen but were identified.

The Ashanti Regional Commander told journalists that on the Election Day, at about 17:30pm, a group of NPP supporters entered the premises of Golden Tulip hotel Kumasi and attacked and assaulted some NDC observers who were lodging there. The victims, who were taken hostage by NPP supporters, include Ibrahim Anyas, Musah Mutaka Bamba and Robert Banfo.

According to the police, Musah Muntaka Bamba was kidnapped by the NPP group, petrol was poured on him and later taken to Ash FM, a radio station owned by Hon. Kennedy Agyepong. He was also robbed of his GH¢600 and later dumped at the Asokwa interchange.

The commander also reported that some unknown assailants also attacked the NDC chairman for Bekwai. At the press conference, the police chief announced that the police would pay GH¢5000 to anyone who could give information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

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