…to fight highway robbery
From Michael Boateng, Kintampo
Following the increasing rate of armed robbery cases on the Kintampo-Tamale highway, some traditional leaders in the Kintampo Municipality, on Friday, November 5, 2010, joined forces with the Kintampo Municipal Police Command to help fight the menace.
Led by the Wangara Chief of Kintampo, Nana Fanyinama, who is also the President of the Wangara Association of Ghana, the traditional leaders met with the Kintampo Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, to discuss how best they could ensure peace and safety on the Kintampo-Tamale highway, since it had become infamous for armed robbery attacks.
Again, they discussed how to maintain peace and order within the municipality, to enable the municipality to develop as expected.
According to Nana Fanyinama, the chiefs had decided to form volunteer groups in every community along the Kintampo-Buipe road to help keep the robbers in check, because it was believed the robbers were within those communities.
The chiefs added that accidents were also rampant on the road, and it had been observed that those accidents were caused by trucks, which fell on the middle of the road without being towed away early enough to clear way for other vehicles.
Due to this, Nana Fanyinama called on the government to assist the Kintampo Police Command with a towing truck to tow all accident trucks and cars from the road, to avoid preventable accidents.
He also assured the police that chiefs within the municipality would assist in encouraging the public to give information to the police on suspicious characters, whilst the smoking of ‘wee’ (indian hemp) and other illicit drugs would be fought collectively.
The President of the Wangara Association of Ghana explained that the chiefs, in collaboration with the police, would comb the entire municipality and destroy all ‘wee’ smoking camps, to discourage the youth from indulging in the drug.
According to him, the interferences by some chiefs who have been pleading for the release of arrested wee smoking suspects, should no more be encouraged, as the police would be allowed to prosecute any suspect arrested, to deter others.
Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong thanked the chiefs, and assured them that the police was always ready, and needed the support and cooperation of the traditional leaders, as well as the public, to fulfill its mission of protecting lives and property, and maintaining peace and order.
He disclosed that on road safety, the Kintampo Municipal police Command had initiated a programme to be launched in November this year, dubbed “Akwanso Sem”, where drivers would be educated on safety measures, to ensure safe driving.
Superintendent Owusu Boampong explained that the “Akwanso Sem” programme would offer the police and drivers the opportunity to interact on the challenges and problems on the road.
He said the police would do so, in collaboration with the Ghana Road Safety Commission, and the Ghana Highways Authority.