Group Wants Minister Transferred

A GROUP of concerned natives of Sankore, a community in the Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo Region has petitioned President John Dramani Mahama and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, to transfer two top security handlers of the Brong Ahafo Region without delay.

The group wants Eric Opoku, the regional minister and   DCOP. Maxwell Atingane, regional police commander, replaced for their inability to professionally maintain law and order in the region especially in the Asunafo South District.

In a petition, copies of which were dispatched to the National Peace Council and National Security, the incensed natives of Sankore and other communities bemoaned the high rate of atrocities being perpetrated against innocent citizens in the locality with impunity.

Violent crimes including the murder of a broadcast journalist, King George Abanga, had been perpetrated in the area in the last few months with most of the hoodlums escaping arrest.

On July 3, 2015, one Eric Asubonteng was reportedly severely assaulted and was hospitalized at the Green Shield Hospital at Sefwi Dwenase. Even though one arrest was made the suspect was allegedly released shortly.

Similarly, on August 5, and 19, 2015, one Donyina Kwame, a teacher, and Albert Forkuo were attacked but no arrests were made. Several of such cases had been reported to the police but no suspect had been punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

The group led by Benjamin Adu-Twum, Sakyi Bismark and Osei Bonsu accused the regional police commander and the minister of doing very little to fish out the criminals to face prosecution, and to protect lives and property.

In the opinion of the petitioners, the lackadaisical attitudes of the two key security managers of the region, has given impetus to public suspicion that the criminals were supporters of the minister.

They are therefore appealing to President Mahama and the IGP to set up an independent team to investigate the security situation of the area, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators for retention of calm.

FROM James Quansah, Kumasi

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