The police on Tuesday raided and demolished structures, shanties and ghettos, which housed drug peddlers and criminals, at Elmina, in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) municipality of the Central Region.
The Police carried out the exercise in collaboration with the KEEA Municipal Assembly, with support from the Elmina Traditional Council, led by the Omanhene, Nana Kodwo Conduah VI.
It took place under heavy security at suburbs of Elmina, “18,” “19,” Boataase and Seaview, but no arrest was made because the suspected criminals took to their heels on seeing the police team arrive at the town.
Superintendent Samuel Entsuah, KEEA Municipal Police Commander, who led the operation, said that the Municipal Security Council took the decision to flush out criminals to end the constant tormenting of residents in Elmina and its environs by criminals.
He said the places raided, had become places where criminals converged to carry out their activities, including the peddling and use of narcotic drugs.
“We took a decision to have these ghettos demolished because most criminal activities are traced to those places.”
Supt Entsuah urged the people to cooperate with the police in flushing out criminals, and advised the youth to stay away from illicit drugs.
Nana Kodwo Conduah expressed concern that some youth in the area had become drug addicts, and pledged to collaborate with the police to ensure that all ghettos were destroyed.
“We will not sit down unconcerned for our youth to become social misfits,” he stressed, and commended the police for the swift response “to drive away criminals from the area”.