Police adopt measures for ECOWAS meeting

The Police have put in place adequate security measures ahead of the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), scheduled for Accra tomorrow.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said apart from the deployment of personnel to the Kotoka International Airport, others would be stationed at the various hotels where the Heads of State of member countries and their guests would be lodging.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times yesterday, DCOP Yohuno, said while some would perform duties at the Accra International Conference Centre, the conference venue, others would be deployed along the streets from the airport through the Ridge roundabout to the conference venue.

He stated that apart from police personnel performing major duties, a number of plain clothes and uniformed personnel from the other security services would also be on patrol in and around the conference centre and the city.

DCOP Yohuno said one lane from the airport towards Accra, would be reserved solely for the guests, while other vehicles would use the other lane, adding that as and when the situation demands, the security personnel would adopt measures to accommodate the build-up of traffic at the airport, especially, during the evenings.

He said the security personnel might decide to change the lane to the opposite direction in the evening because of the buildup of traffic towards the airport direction in the evenings.

DCOP Yohuno appealed to drivers and other road users, to comply with the security arrangements put in place to ensure smooth flow of traffic and the success of the summit.

The summit is expected to attract leaders of the sub-regional bloc, including Presidents Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Allasane Outtara of La Cote d’Ivoire,   Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Alpha Conde of Guinea,   Niger’s Mammadou Issifou, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh,   Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma, and a host of other leaders or their representatives.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour     

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