… Withdraws Personnel & Closes Down Station
… Vows To Pursue Perpetrators And Arrest Them
By Bernice Bessey
The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has warned that it will no longer condone any act of indiscipline, criminality and lawlessness from the public against personnel of the service.
According to the police, it will arrest and prosecute any person who takes the law into his own hands to attack or destroy facilities belonging to the service. The warning came as a result of the riot at Donkorkrom and Tiase, both in the Eastern Region on Thursday, August 18, 2016.
Residents in the two towns attacked the police personnel and destroyed the police station and barracks, vehicles, stand-by generator and water reservoir among others.
Offensive weapons like guns, clubs and stones used by the rioters resulted in injuries to two police men and fourteen (14) demonstrators.
Since the practice of attacking the police was becoming rampant, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr John Kudalor, said the service would no longer overlook such impunity and that all persons involved in the crime would be arrested and made to face the full rigors of the law. “Currently, about 100 police officers have been dispatched to the two towns to investigate and fish out all the persons involved in the mob action”, he announced.
IGP John Kudalor made this statement at a press briefing to announce the arrest of suspects who attacked a GCB bullion van in the Afram Plains over the weekend.
He said the police administration had taken stringent measures to check all unacceptable behaviour from the public and police service, saying: “we are not going to condone lawlessness, indiscipline and criminality.”
To use Donkorkrom and Tiase as a test case, the head of the police administration indicated that the law and order enforcement agency has temporally vacated the communities until they have rebuilt and replaced all the destroyed facilities.
The IGP pleaded with the general public to continue with the trust they have in the Police Service, adding: “The arrest shows the police is willing to rip the bad nuts from the police.”
The Director General of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Prosper Agblor, briefing the media on how the escapees were recaptured, said some members of the public assisted the police to capture the suspects within 24 hours.
According to the CID director, the three (3) suspects -Hasifu Mohammed, a taxi driver and the two police officers, No_39482 Corporal Elvis Mensah and No_44912 Lance Corporal Daniel Abrokwa were captured at their hideout at Nkawkaw.
Mr Ablor further assured the public that, the police will investigate the incident that led to the escape of the 3-gangs. He, however, condemned the acts of the residents of the town: “Irrespective of the magnitude of the supposed provocation, the reaction put up by the residents of Donkorkrom cannot be tolerated in any civilized society.
“In any democratic environment, when one is aggrieved by anything, one has to resort to due process to seek redress, and not take the law into one’s own hands, and exact justice by one’s own way”
Though the attack by the residents cannot be justified by any reason, however, they might have descended heavily on the police because it has revealed that the two police suspects were personnel stationed at Donkorkrom.
Situation that led to the disturbance
On Tuesday August 2016, at about 10:00 a.m. the Police in Donkorkrom received a report that there was a robbery attacked on GBC bullion van with registration number GN14-15 at Maame Krobo Junction in the Afram Plains.
The police promptly responded to the call and after some serious operational maneuvers, the suspects, numbering three, were rounded up.
In line with Police procedures and practices, the suspects had to be transported to Koforidua for further investigations.
Reports have it that, in the course of the journey the police suspects among the gang, managed to escape at Nkawkaw when the escort team had stopped to refuel, an incident which is currently a subject of investigation by the Police Administration.