Ash police demand proof of weapons

COP Kofi Boakyi,Ashanti Regional Police Commander (7)The Ashanti Regional Police Command has reacted to an allegation that four military vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunitions intended to be used by some people to cause mayhem in the region during the elections, have been impounded by the police in Kumasi.

It is recalled that on Thursday, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, organised a press briefing alleging that four military vehicles carrying weapons and ammunitions had arrived at Kumasi, and the party had informed the police, who escorted the said vehicles to the military barracks.

Mr. Boasiako claimed that some of the party members followed the vehicles to their final destinations.

He also alleged on Friday that a cache of weapons had been stockpiled in a house at Tanoso, all geared toward making the region ungovernable by some people during the elections.

But, the Head of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Yusif Tanko, has challenged Mr. Boasiako to give details of the allegations.

ASP Tanko said the police, based on the reports investigated the matter, but realised there was no truth in the allegation.

“Since some of the party members followed the vehicles, at least some pictures could have been taken and we challenge him to produce details and also mention the said police station the report was made to”, ASP Tanko demanded.

He said just as the police realised that there was no truth in the allegation, as they liased with the military, the party chairman came out with the second allegation of the cache of weapons at Tanoso.

ASP Tanko said “this time the police went with party members, including Mr. Boasiako and the search of the said house made under their watch, but nothing was found”.

The Police, according to ASP Tanko, had invited Mr. Boasiako in connection with the allegations, but he had turned a deaf ear to it.

ASP Tanko said “these are serious allegations “that could create fear to deter people from coming out on Wednesday to vote and that must be stopped”.

He indicated that the police “are alive to their responsibilities to arrest any situation that will cause mayhem in the region during and after the elections”.

ASP Tanko asked the public to go about their duties without fear because the police are firm on the ground to deal with any criminal.

 

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI

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