Story from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
Residents of Akyem Wenchi, the third largest town in the Denkyembuor District of the Eastern Region, have vented their anger on the Ghana Police Service (GPS) and by extension the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, for abandoning a multi-purpose police station constructed from resources of the residents.
The residents, following increasing crime and its associated social vices that have greeted the area, decided to contribute towards national development by constructing the police station.
They explained that the structure, which was initiated by them (residents), has been completed for about four years now, but had still not been put to any use.
Residents of Akyem Wenchi and its environs have, therefore, appealed to the police administration to, as a matter of urgency, operationalise the abandoned structure meant for a police station in the community.
According to them, the police administration must put the ‘idle’ structure to use to stamp out or rather flush out the miscreants, as well as ward off the operations of land guards and prevent the constant violence unleashed on the residents by criminals.
Speaking to this paper, the Chief of Akyem Wenchi (Asuommanhene), Oseawuo Ote-Atuoso, Daasebre Dr. Asumadu Nyarko Appiah, explained that it saddened his heart that after all the effort by his subjects, the facility had been left to the mercy of the weather.
“At the moment, it is overgrown by bushes. The offices for the personnel to man the station have all the fittings in place. The toilets and baths for the cell inmates are all well fixed,” the chief espoused.
He intimated that in recent times, the police have called on residents of communities to collaborate with them, yet they had neglected such a great contribution by the residents of Akyem Wenchi.
According to Daasebre Dr. Asumadu Appiah, the action of the police administration towards the facility that was built about three years ago has left residents demanding answers to whether there is the need to support the police or not.
The Chief of Akyem Wenchi, who doubles as Oseawuomanhene of the Akyem Abuakwa traditional area, hinted that “the police administration is aware of this facility. What beats the imagination of the residents is why it has not taken up the facility.”
On his part, Nana Gyimah Abedoo, a concerned citizen of Akyem Wenchi and an educationist, indicated that they (residents) would not forgive the police administration if anything untoward happened to any resident as a result of security issues.
When contacted, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Denkyembuor Assembly, Seth Biri-Korang, who expressed worry over the development, gave a conflicting narrative on why the facility was idle.
Firstly, Biri-Korang indicated that after many meetings held with the chiefs and people of the area to see how the facility could be put to good use, he invited the District Police Commander for discussions on the issue, but the latter said he has no authority to send any personnel there.
Secondly, the DCE disclosed that the police administration responded that it would not be able to occupy the facility if there was no barracks for the personnel.
He later told this reporter that his office has instructed the District Police Command to send some personnel to the place as early as possible, after a marathon District Security Committee (DISEC) meeting three days ago.