General News of Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Ashanti Regional Police Command has ordered people in illegal possession of weapons to voluntarily surrender them or face arrest. Regional Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, warns recalcitrant offenders would be prosecuted.
The order follows the second arms seizure in the region in less than a week after the biggest haul and arrest of a Burkinabe last week-end at Alabar in Kumasi.
In the latest earlier believed to have been hidden by armed robbers at Twedie near Kumasi less than a week after police arrested a 72-year old Burkinabe with a cache of arms at Alabar. In the latest incident, police seized two AK 47 assault rifles and 146 rounds of ammunition at Twedie in the Atwima Kwanwoma District.
The guns are believed to have been concealed in a bush by armed robbers.
Upon a tip off, police laid ambush in an effort to arrest the suspected criminals and destroy their armoury. To their surprise, however, personnel on the operation spotted bushfire from which they heard sporadic blasts.
The swift police intervention saved the two AK47 assault rifles and the ammunitions from further destruction.
According to DCOP Kofi Boakye, says police will be relentless in their search for illegal weapons, and the best option for those who are keeping them is to hand them over to the police.
“We want to plead with all those who inadvertently have weapons in their possession to hand them over to the police and no further action would be taken.
Those who cannot for one reason or the other hand them over them to police should deposit them somewhere and call us. We will go and take it because we must all know that the havoc that these weapons can cause is immeasurable,” DCOP Kofi Boakye warned.
Meanwhile, as police intensify the “Father Christmas” exercise to ward of criminals during the festive season, DCOP Kofi Boakye assured residents of adequate security.
He is happy at police-civilian collaboration in the form of information sharing which he says has been useful in maintaining peace and security in the region.
“We have started receiving very valuable intelligent from the public which we do very much appreciate,” DCOP Kofi Boakye said.