The Adentan-Abokobi Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Martin Kwaku Ayiih, has urged the public to support the police in the fight against crime.
He expressed worry at the increase in crime at Adentan-Abokobi, citing that last year, 44 robberies, 574 theft and 61 land-related cases were recorded, as against 35 robberies, 189 theft and 23 land cases in 2014.
Chief Supt. Ayiih said this at the celebration of annual West African Security Services Association (WASSA), organised by the Adentan Police Command in Accra on Friday.
According to him, modern policing required the collaboration of stakeholders towards the protection of life and property, adding that the police relied on credible information from the public in executing their duties.
Chief Supt. Ayiih advised chiefs and land owners against multiple sale of land to unsuspecting developers only to turn round and hire land guards to torment the developers.
“This issue of multiple sale of land must stop to curb violence. The use of armed men to guard land should be avoided .These same land guards torment developers under the pretence of collecting what they termed “Digging fees,” which at times end in bloodshed”.
Mr. Ayiih said the division would form neighbourhood watch committees at Adentan-Abokobi to prevent crime.
He stated that the division, which manages four police districts, lack vehicles, residential accommodation, personnel, and office equipment.
The Police Commander urged individuals and organisations to support the divisional police to be able to ensure law and order and protect lives and property.
The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Timothy Yoose Bonga, commended the divisional police for living up to expectation despite the challenges.
“You have really excelled in your duties by working hard to fight crime and ensure law and order”.
ACP Bonga asked the police to work harder to ensure the success of the forthcoming elections.
He advised the police to be disciplined and not to do anything that would drag the name of the police into mud.
The Adentan Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Bejamin Angenu, gave the assurance that the assembly would support the police to ensure effective policing.
He appealed to Ghanaians to conduct themselves properly, before, during and after the elections, warning that anyone who would engage in violence would be dealt with according to the law.
By: Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu