DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae
In an attempt to end the protracted land dispute characterized by sporadic attacks between the people of Nkonya and Alavanyo in the Volta Region, the Volta Regional Police Commander has recommended the confiscation of the said land by government.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, in order for the police and other security agencies to fully prevent shootings and attacks, ‘government needs to confiscate the land and turn it into a police or military camp’ thus, a jungle training facility for the security forces.
He believes that when this is done it will stop assailants from hiding in the bushes to shoot, maim and murder people in cold blood as is currently the case. DCOP Gyinae made the recommendation in an interview with DAILY GUIDE in Ho, the regional capital.
The move will also put paid to the claims by residents that the security personnel were doing little to prevent the sporadic attacks and counter attacks and for that matter, unable to protect them.
The regional commander noted that it was not prudent for security officers to secure the bushes and leave residents in the towns because the assailants could also take advantage of that to launch attacks in the communities.
When the disputed area is tuned into a security camp, the whole area will be rendered a ‘no-go-area’ hence, making it difficult for assailants to inhabit the bushes. That will also complement the communities’ security arrangement and also facilitate the peace talks.
The recommendation has come at a time residents of the area are beginning to flout the curfew imposed on them and gradually losing confidence in the security operations. Although leaders of the two factions had apologized to President Mahama and promised to assist the security agencies to weed out assailants taking advantage of the dispute to maim and in some cases, murder residents, attacks and shootings continue unabated.
During the Christmas period residents of Nkonya, one of the disputing communities, led by the youth, wanted to embark on a mammoth demonstration, but for the timely intervention of the combined police and military personnel.
The organizers refused to give details of the demonstration but hinted of a news conference to unveil the full details of their plight and reason behind the demonstration as well as other key concerns that needed urgent attention.
Despite this development, the regional police commander assured the public and residents in the area that the security agencies were poised to ensure that lasting peace returned to the area.
From Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )
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