Ghana News Agency (Kumasi) – The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has asked the Ghana Police Service to marshal all the expertise at its disposal to unravel the recent spate of armed robbery on the country’s highways.
He said the police must act quickly to bring on board astute crime scene investigators and anti-robbery experts to arrest criminals who take the lives of innocent citizens on the country’s highways.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu made this call when James Oppong-Boanuh, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), called on him at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi during a visit to assess the readiness of the police in the Ashanti Region towards the 7 December election.
The Asantehene said the inability of the police, despite being a protection agency, to unravel most of the recent mysterious deaths and robbery attacks in the country is denting the image of the service.
It is therefore important for the leadership of the Ghana Police Service to devise pragmatic strategies to halt the rising frequency of criminal activities in the country to help the service regain the confidence of the general public.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said recent media reports that many Ghanaians are applying to own guns and small arms for their personal protection, show that the people’s confidence in the Service was low.
The Asantehene reiterated the call on losing political parties to accept defeat in good faith and resort to the law courts if they suspect foul play.
“If a political party loses an election, its supporters are not supposed to bring chaos into the country. They should wait for their time to win, or if in so much doubt, they can take the matter to court for peaceful settlement,” he said.
The Asantehene advised the police to strive to work to calm tensions and ensure that misunderstandings and small disputes do not degenerate into violence.
For his part, James Oppong-Boanuh appealed to the Asantehene to counsel traditional leaders to step up efforts to educate their subjects, especially the youth, to stay out of violence before, during and after the elections.
He said the police were ready to protect all citizens so that the country can hold the December election in a peaceful manner.
The IGP appealed to Ghanaians to go to the polls peacefully and refrain from stirring trouble. The law will catch up with anyone who flouts the electoral regulations, he said.
Oppong-Boanuh said the police had identified election hot spots and are working to beef up security in those areas to ensure peace.
The IGP also inspected a simulation exercise, organised by the Regional Police Command at the Police Training School in Patasi, Kumasi, to demonstrate to the public the preparedness tpolices o handle any disorder on election day.