Police To Consider Dces’ Protection Request

MOHAMMED ALHASSAN (IGP) (7)THE Ghana Police Service has stated that the request by district chief executives (DCEs) for an adequate 24-hour police guard for their safety will be looked into.

It was, however, quick to add that any decision arrived at would be informed by the on- going investigations into the killing of Peter Kojo Kenyeso, the late DCE for Nkwanta South.

Mr. Kenyeso was fatally shot at his residence by an unknown gunman on Monday evening.

Following his death, numerous DCEs, including the Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu Juaben, Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh have called on the Police Service to provide them with body guards, to prevent re-occurrence of the crime.

However, Chief Superintendent Naa Namza Yakubu, Commanding Officer of the Form Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service said the request by the DCE was not a priority for the service yet.

“We will cross the bridge when he reach there,” he told The Ghanaian Times in a telephone interview, yesterday.

Chief Superintendent Yakubu explained that the immediate priority of the police was to thoroughly investigate the killing of Mr. Kenyeso.

According to him, the police has been able to secure the area and were hunting for the suspects.

“We need to get to the bottom of the matter, arrest all the suspects, that is what we are concerned with for now,” he said.

Asked if any DCEs have made a formal request for police protection, Chief Supt. Yakubu said, “no such request has reached the desk of the Inspector-General of Police, yet”.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior has also waded into the matter, saying the police should think about providing adequate protection for all Ghanaians, before anything else.

Fritz Baffour, chairman of the committee explained that when there was protection for all Ghanaians, DCEs would as well be covered.

He further wondered if the nation has the resources to provide personal security to all DCEs. The late DCE was killed when he was alighting from his vehicle at the forecourt of his residence after he had returned from work at about 8p.m.

So far the police said it had arrested over nine suspects oto help with investigations.

By Ian Motey

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