Parents urged to be security conscious

J. K. Nabary, GNA

Winneba (C/R) Jan. 22, GNA – Detective Police Sergeant (D/Sgt), Amos Kofi Larbi of the Winneba
Police Command has underscored the need for Parents to be security conscious
and avoid indulging in activities that will expose their children to

He said the trust
between parents and children should be such that the children should have full
confidence in them to reveal any happenings around them to their parents.

D/Sgt. Larbi, was
speaking at a forum organized by final year Guidance and Counseling Sandwich
Students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), at winneba.

The forum under the
theme “Sensitizing the Youth about Kidnapping in Ghana”, was to educate the
youth especially on kidnapping in the country and the way forward.

D/Sgt. Larbi urged
parents to prioritise the security and welfare of their children to help
prevent some of occurrences of Kidnapping in the society.

He said the fight
against kidnapping was a shared responsibility of the security agencies and all
other stakeholders, and that cooperation of the entire society was highly
require to help fight the menace.

A sketch by the
group during the forum depicted a university graduate who was jobless for four
years and influenced with money, joined a gang of kidnappers but was unlucky
during such an operation which saw four of the gang members being shot and
killed by the Police.

The graduate who
escaped death but was arrested, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years
imprisonment by a court.

Later  during a presentation, the students appealed
to Parliament to change Section 89 of the criminal code, 1960 (Act 29)which
states that “Whoever kidnaps any person shall be guilty of second-degree
felony” to first degree felony in order that higher sentences will be given to people
who indulged in such acts to deter others.

The students also
called for the training of strong anti-kidnapping agents to combat the crime.

The forum concluded
that parents should know the whereabouts of their wards at all times, while
younger ones should be given codes as they go to school and also know their
telephone numbers to be able to contact them in any eventuality.

The group took
participants through types of kidnapping which include, High net worth
individual, Express, Tiger, Political/Terrorist, Basic and Virtual kidnappings
and also unlawful detention.

According the forum
though Ghana is considered to be one of the most secure countries in West
Africa there was the need to stamp out any kidnappings in the bud.

They also schooled
the participants who were mostly Junior and Senior High School students in
Winneba on causes of kidnapping, how to identify kidnappers and their tactics,
what to do in case of bring kidnapped, how to prevent kidnapping and also
effects of kidnapping.