Police Warn Encroachers

One of the abandoned structures at the completion stage at the site

THE BRONG-Ahafo Regional Police Command has issued a stern warning to residents of Sunyani to stay away from its legally acquired lands located along the Sunyani-Abesim road.

According to the BA Police, certain unscrupulous members of the public are destroying the acacia trees and other species that have been planted on the boundaries of the 250 square acres police land situated around the Tyco City Hotel, Abesim.

The police have advised developers to end all activities on the land, warning that such new structures on the said land would be pulled down by the police administration in due course.

‘The general public must take not that these trees have been planted at a cost and also to serve as a boundary.

‘The Command therefore, announces for information of the general public that the group of encroachers who intentionally and unlawfully deliberately cause damage to the boundary of trees that demarcates the police land with weedicide and further cutting them down are doing so at their own risk. They will be facing full rigours of the law if caught.’

This was contained in a statement issued by the Police Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP Christopher Tawiah, on Monday and copied to DAILY GUIDE.

The Deputy Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, told DAILY GUIDE that the large parcel of land acquired during the Acheampong administration was meant to build Regional Police Depot, big police barracks with other facilities such as schools.

A visit by DAILY GUIDE to the site on Monday afternoon revealed that part of the land had been developed by the police administration for residential facilities.

However, out of the over 80 different housing units only two had been completed and currently being occupied by some senior officers. The rest were at the foundation level, overrun with weeds.

Each of the abandoned four-storey buildings contained over 16 different apartments with toilet facilities to accommodate a total of about 1,300 police officers when completed.

This has come at the time when the police in the region were facing serious accommodation challenges, with most of them staying in makeshift and dilapidated rented houses.

It was an appalling situation when DAILY GUIDE visited some of the rented residential places in Sunyani, as most of the rented residential accommodations had no toilet and bathroom facilities.

Officers and their families therefore make do with public places of convenience several metres away.

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FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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