Nyanyano police appeal for assistance

•  Supt Pokoo-Aikins

• Supt Pokoo-Aikins

The Nyanyano District Police Commander, Superintendant Joseph Pokoo-Aikins, has appealed to the public to assist the police to deal with the increasing crime wave in the area.
He said: “Nyanyano is gradually becoming urbanised with a huge population, making the fight against crime and maintenance of law and order complex and difficult”.
Supt. Pokoo-Aikins in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, on Monday, at Nyanyano, indicated that both foreign and Ghanaian criminals attack and rob people with locally manufactured pistols, matchetes and knives.
He noted that armed robbery, burglary and landguard activities were becoming rampant, and perpetrators of such crimes used Gomoa Nyanyano in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region, as a safe haven saying that some of them were flushed out of Accra and its surrounding areas.
Supt. Pokoo-Aikins said the Nyanyano District Police Command, which was established about two years ago operated with a few resources, and appealed to organisations or philanthropists to provide vehicles and other resources to ensure effective policing.
He furthermore said, he had requested for personnel from the police Headquarters to help boost up work in the area.
According to him, the District Police Command occasionally relied on Kasoa Divisional Police Command for a police vehicle when handling crimes.
“In the case of landguards a lot of buildings and other structures are being destroyed everyday in the night by the assailants, who use weapons and motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’”, Supt. Pokoo-Aikins said.
He indicated that the “cell of the District Police Command is only one and too small to accommodate both female and male and therefore take some of them to  nearby police stations, pending investigations”.
Supt. Pokoo-Aikins asked the public to assist the police with vital information to enable them arrest criminals, reminding the people that modern policing is a shared responsibility between the police and residents.
He appealed to landlord associations in the area to forward names of volunteers for screening and training towards the formation of watchdog committees, to assist the police carry out their role.

From Daniel Amoo, Nyanyano

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