‘Expose criminals in your midst’

The Western-West District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church has appealed to Ghanaians not to shield criminals, as they posed danger to citizens and the country at large.

The appeal comes off the back of the murder of an Assistant Immigration Control Officer, (AICO)Michael Otuat Kokoligo, in the Upper West Region last month.

The Ghanaian Times reported a month ago that AICO Otu was shot dead by unknown assailants, suspected to be smugglers at Kokoligo a village located between Nandom and Hamile.

The deceased, who was a member of the Operation Conquest Fist at the HamileDetachment, and was scheduled for night duty, suffered six gunshot wounds at his back, leading to his death.

Right Rev Dr Hilliard Dela Dogbe, Presiding Bishop of the district in a statement issued by its Presiding Bishop’s Secretariat and copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, therefore, called on the government to safeguard our security personnel who had their lives on the line in protecting the country.

He said these miscreants who disguised themselves as armed robbers to perpetrate their dastardly acts, needed not be harboured in our communities, as they posed a threat to all law-abiding citizens who went about their business in peace.

“Our opinion leaders therefore have a greater responsibility to encourage well-meaning citizens to be bold and report such nation wreckers to the security agencies to face justice,” he added.

Right Rev Dogbe said the late AICO Otu who was an admirable person by all was part of a choreography group at the Heavenly Ambassadors of the Bishop Alleyne Society of the AME Zion Church, at Kaneshie.

He further urged the Ghana Immigration Service and other relevant investigative bodies to redouble their efforts to apprehend and bring to justice those behind the gruesome murder of the late AICO and others who have suffered similarly.

“This would be a significant and befitting memorial to the honor of one who died while serving his nation,” he added.

The A.M.E. Zion Church (Western-West Africa Episcopal District), covers churches in Ghana, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire and Liberia with its headquarters being Accra, Ghana.


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