President Mahama with police chiefs at the function
President John Dramani Mahama has tasked the police administration to immediately set up a Special Police Force to deal with insurgencies and terrorism.
Using the recent attacks on Mali and Burkina Faso as examples, President Mahama said Ghana cannot sit and think it is free from any terrorist attacks claiming, “I have given the authorization for the Special Force to be formed to deal with these attacks.”
He made this known in Accra last Friday at the annual get-together of the police administration popularly known in security circles as West African Security Services Association (WASSA).
“When a terrorist group attacked Iraq, we thought Africa was safe, then Boko Haram of Nigeria emerged killing innocent people, now, Mali and Baukina Faso,” he noted.
He said, “Ghana needs to prepare itself to protect its citizenry in case of any attack.”
The fear of terrorist attack has gripped the country following the hosting of two former Al-Qaeda detainees who were released from the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba by the United States early this year.
Touching on indiscipline in the Police Service, President Mahama pledged his support for the administration to weed out the bad nuts.
He called on personnel in uniform to conduct themselves well publicly to erase the bad image of the Service.
The outgoing Minister for the Interior, Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, urged the police to intensify the maintenance of peace and security throughout the country as it approaches elections.
He lauded the police administration for the speedy manner in which it professionally unraveled the mysteries surrounding some high-profile crimes, especially the murder of JB Danquah-Adu, MP for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.
He also used the opportunity to introduce the new Interior Minister, Prosper Bani, to the personnel gathered.
The Inspector General of police (IGP) John Kudalor, announced that crime rate for 2015 was drastically reduced as compared to 2014.
He called on stakeholders, political parties, supporters, social commentators, party communicators and others to exercise maximum restraint in their electioneering campaigns and activities.
By Linda Tenyah- Ayettey