THE ASHANTI Regional Police Command has categorically deflated rumours that it did not act swiftly when Chief Inspector Jacob Nyame was shot and killed by some unknown assailants at his residence at Medoma.
The deceased, 57, who was in charge of the Ashanti Regional Divisional Criminal Investigations Department (CID), was shot twice in the waist and rib by the gunmen at about 2:00 am on Tuesday.
The merciless gunmen who were on a robbing spree in the vicinity, also
attacked another house and a church, where they fired shots which injured two other persons, including a popular pastor.
Reacting to the issue in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, Chief Inspector Mohammed Yussif Tanko of the Public Relations outfit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command lamented over the sudden death of his colleague.
Stetting the records straight, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The police was not informed of any robbery in progress,Ã¢â‚¬Â stressing, Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was way after the incident had occurred that the police was informed but it was too lateÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Chief Inspector Tanko whose mood was sorrowful, added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is not like the police was informed but refused to go in quickly to help the victims.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Though the killers are still at large, he gave the assurance that the police had intensified its investigations and that hopefully they would soon bring the perpetrators to book, contending, the police are firmly in control of the security situation in the region.
On the bloody attack, the police capo said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This particular incident occurred at a time when the Kumasi Metropolis was enjoying relative peace and maximum securityÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Touching on the security situation in the region, he intimated that highway, residential and work place robberies had been reduced to the barest minimum, adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even street robbery that the police was grappling with has also been reduced significantlyÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Chief Inspector Tanko further noted that the police had recently shot to death some suspected hoodlums who terrorized residents of the city by snatching taxi cabs which they subsequently used to pick up unsuspecting ladies, robbed them of their valuables and in some instances, raped them.
He explained that Ã¢â‚¬Å“the four deceased persons were killed by the police in fierce gun battles at different locations in KumasiÃ¢â‚¬Â, adding that many more of such thugs were shot by the police but they managed to escape with the gunshot wounds.
Since the beginning of the year, Chief Inspector Tanko said, about 30 robbery suspects had been arrested by the Kumasi police, out of which a significant number had been jailed by the courts whilst others were languishing in remand facing trials.
He stressed that for the past one week, 10 other miscreants had been rounded up by the police, most of whom were identified by their victims during an identification parade held on Wednesday.
Despite the policeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s numerous efforts, Chief Inspector Tanko admitted that Ã¢â‚¬Å“crime cannot be totally eradicated from societyÃ¢â‚¬Â. This notwithstanding, he promised the policeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s readiness to go the extra mile to bring crime under control.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The police will constantly institute measures that will effectively deal with any scheme that will be brought forth by the criminals and also place itself in a position to verify its operational methods that will conform to new crime trends,Ã¢â‚¬Â he boldly promised.
Touching on some of the challenges faced by his outfit in the region, he cited poor planning of new areas springing up in the metropolis coupled with bad road network and poor address systems as some of the hindrances to the work of the police in the region.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These aforementioned factors make it extremely difficult to give accurate directions to police when they are in need,Ã¢â‚¬Â he lamented, praying for the rectification of the anomalies soon.
Chief Inspector Tanko passionately appealed to Chiefs, landlord associations and people living in such areas to liaise with the police to construct police posts or stations in their localities to promote security.
He as well called on the populace to assist the police by giving them valuable information, leading to the arrest of perpetrators of heinous crimes in society, maintaining that crime control was the obligation of every citizen.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi