Emmanuel Anyimi Lartey
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Shai-Osudoku, Emmanuel Anyimi Lartey has applauded the Dodowa District Police Commander, Superintendent Samuel Kwesi Ofori for effectively combating crime in the area.
His commendation came as a surprise to many people since the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo recently called for the transfer of the Dodowa police chief.
Mr. Lartey was of the view that the police commander should be maintained in office to continue his good work to enhance the lives of the residents.
He explained that the Dodowa District Police had effectively tackled the activities of land guards and armed robbers in the area.
The DCE disagreed with the view of the Greater Accra Regional for the transfer of the police boss in Dodowa, saying Superintendent Kwesi Ofori should rather be commended for ensuring calm in his jurisdiction.
This was after the arrest of some seven suspected armed robbers who allegedly stole some 278 bags of ammonia at gunpoint, which are used as part of explosive mechanism at the Eastern Quarry at Doryumu in the Shai-Osudoku District.
According to him, ‘Nobody from the President to the common person on the street is bigger than the law so don’t fear to do your work. Anyone who wants you to be transferred does so in his personal interest and I won’t support such an agenda.’
He urged Superintendent Kwesi Ofori to work passionately to reduce crime.
The DCE said, ‘He has already managed to stopped a lot of criminals in the area and must be commended for the work he has done and not condemned.’
Mr Lartey appealed to the Ministry of Interior to suspend the operations of the Eastern Quarry for further investigations into the case, calling on the security agencies to boost security at the various quarries in the area.
It would be recalled that the the Greater Accra Regional Minister during the presentation of food items to the Regional House of chiefs in the Christmas period descended heavily on Superintendent Kwesi Ofori for allegedly meddling in chieftaincy and land guard activities at Appolonia, a farming community in the Kpone-Katamanso District.
According to the Minister, ‘Superintendent Kwesi Ofori is creating tension and unrest at Apollonia and I will not rest until I see his quick exit from this region. I will fight and fight until the powers-that-be throw him out of the Greater Accra Region.
‘I have recommended to the President and the Chief of Staff for the removal of the Dodowa Police Commander because I cannot work with him. I want him out of this area because I cannot rely on him.’
Superintendent Kwesi was said to have attempted to secure a bond against Nii Neurtey Amobi II, now the Appolonia chief at the Dodowa Magistrate Court, who was to be outdoored as a result of chieftaincy disputes in that area.
This angered the minister, who retorted ‘who is Kwesi Ofori to challenge the legitimacy of the Apollonia Chief who has been gazetted by the National House of Chiefs? If he doesn’t know, Apollonia has a legitimate chief and that chief has oversight responsibility over all stool lands under his jurisdiction.’
From Vincent Kubi, Tema
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