The Eastern Regional Police Command has recorded 106 robbery cases last year, as against 115 recorded in 2015.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) George Alex Mensah, made this known at the annual West Africa Security Association (WASSA) celebration, organised by the regional police command.
He said that murder cases in the region had reduced to 63 last year, as compared to 68 recorded in 2015, whilst theft has reduced to 4675 last year, as against 5158 in 2015.
ACP Mensah said the region also witnessed a reduction in defilement cases from 211 recorded in 2015 as against 121 recorded last year, whilst rape cases reduced from 51 in 2015 to 40 in 2016, and unlawful entry reduced from 279 in 2015 to 156 last year.
He said the police command has intensified efforts to “clamp down on activities of Indian hemp cultivation, Fulani herdsmen, chieftaincy disputes, swoops on suspected criminals”.
ACP Mensah said the police has carried out exercises to end illegal mining, popularly called ‘galamsey,’ in the region, adding that ‘galamsey’ was destroying water bodies,the environment and posed a security threat to communities.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour, urged the police to arrest chiefs and politicians, who would engage in illegal mining adding that the menace and nomadic Fulani herdsmen continued to affect development.
He said the time has come for government and stakeholders to intensify the fight against illegal mining to prevent further destruction of water bodies and land.
From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua