IGP assures of deployment of resources to Northern Ghana to combat crime
By Hillary Obayagbon, Accra
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, has said the police will deploy more resources in the northern part of the country to help combat crime there.
He said rising criminal activities in that part of the country were of much concern to his outfit, for which reason efforts were being made to arrest the situation.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh gave the assurance at Pusu-Namongo in the Talensi District in the Upper East Region after a working visit to some crime zones in the area yesterday.
The visit was necessitated by the increasing number of criminal activities in the area, particularly highway robbery, during which some passengers and drivers have been killed and their belongings taken away.
The situation led to public outcry, especially among traders in tomatoes who often transport the produce from Burkina Faso through Bolgatanga to Accra.
The traders recently resorted to demonstrations against the activities of criminals in the Bolgatanga municipality as well.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh explained that his visit to the region was to delibrate with the regional, divisional and district police commands on how to put concrete measures in place to tacle the crime situation.
“I did not come alone; I came with the Director-General of Operations and other senior police officers and we are going to sit down with the commanders and re-strategise to see what measures to put in place to ensure that these negative activities do not recur,” he said.
The IGP said although the police command in the region had already implemented some measures as part of efforts to fight crime, the plans would be reviewed and necessary assistance and equipment made available to ensure that they worked effectively to protect lives and properties.
“We are assuring the public that we are doing whatever we can to ensure their safety,” he added.
The Director in charge of Public Affairs of the Police Service, Superintendent Mrs Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, admonished the public to always volunteer information to support the police in their operations.
She said policemen had started escorting vehicles, including those carrying tomatoes, which had become the target of criminals in recent times.
She further advised traders’ associations to ensure that their vehicles moved in groups.
The IGP and his entourage also visited Bolgatanga, Sandema and Navrongo, all in the Upper East Region.
He is expected to end his tour of the area tomorrow.
…Tema regional Commander visits family of officer who shot himself dead
Meanwhile, the Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Barima Tweneboah Sasraku II, accompanied by some police officers has visited the family of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Divine Asian, the senior police officer who allegedly shot himself at his residence at Borteyman near Adjei Kojo in the Greater Accra Region.
DCOP Sasraku, who spoke on behalf of the IGP, urged the family to remain calm as the police conducted investigation into the matter.
The late DSP Asiam, 50, allegedly shot himself in his room at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, this year.
Police investigators found a suicide note, a pistol, a spent shell and four live rounds of ammunition in the room.
DSP Asiam, with the Legal and Prosecution Unit of the Ghana Police Service, was stationed at the Ashaiman Division.
He left behind three children, two boys and a girl, the oldest being 14 years and the youngest, a two-year old girl.
His wife died two years ago during the birth of the youngest child.
He lived in his residence at Borteyman with his children, sister and a house help.
The Tema Regional Police commander expressed deepest condolences on behalf of the police administration to the bereaved family and assured them of every support until investigations were completed.
Barima Sasraku reiterated his appeal to the public to be sensitive and circumspect in their commentary on the matter.
“Death is inevitable but the way everybody will go depends on his or her Maker so we should not read any meaning or do anything to disrespect the dead, as well as the organisation,” he said.
An uncle of the deceased, Mr Samuel Asiam, who welcomed the delegation, described the late DSP Asiam as a very religious person who came from a strong Christian family.
He said he was intelligent, God-fearing and a reserved person, adding that the news of his death came as a shock to family members.
“We cannot fathom out what happened, we cannot understand it…whether it is an evil force from somewhere, we cannot really understand until such time that investigations were completed,”Mr Asiam said.