Residents In Eastern Region Praise Police For Accident Free x’mas

Date published: January 7, 2014
From Isaac Akwetey- Okunor, Koforidua  
Inhabitants of the Eastern Region have heaped praises on the Eastern Regional Police Command for maintaining strict compliance of law and order, especially motor traffic laws, before and during the Christmas celebration, leading to an accident free festive season.

The residents’ standing ovation for the police was due to the fact that some enemies of development in recent times have taken advantage of the celebration to perpetuate various degrees of crime.

However, the people in the region, particularly the regional capital, Koforidua, observed the celebration in a peaceful and calm environment, notwithstanding their economic situation.

This feat was achieved following dispatching of men and women in black to some vantage points; including churches, mosques, markets, hospitals and major roads among others.

The regional commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Akuribah Yaagy, in an interview with The Chronicle Newspaper reiterated his office commitment to intensify police visibility in the region.

He has, therefore, sent a strong warning to troublemakers; particularly those who are thinking of embarking on any form of criminal activities this year; to quickly change their mind since the police administration is ready for them.

Despite conceding to the fact that crime is becoming sophisticated, the Eastern Regional Police Commander said the police administration, with their current human and logistic capacity is equally up to the task.

On extortion which has relatively damaged the noble image of the Police Service in recent times, DCOP Yaagy, without mincing words, warned his men, particularly Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU) officials, to overcome the temptation of extorting monies from drivers.

He has also called on the general public to assist his office with information on any officer who would take money from people, particularly drivers, in order to help redeem the image of the Service.

In a related development, available statistics at the regional MTTU indicates that the region recorded 32,898 road traffic offences in 2013 as against 68,839 in 2012 representing 11 percent reduction.

Briefing a cross section of the Eastern Regional press corps, the Eastern Regional Commander of MTTU Superintendent Samuel K. Tetteh said out of the number 258 deaths was recorded in 2013 as compared to 359 in 2012.

Despite the successes chalked, the regional MTTU boss declared that, but for some few challenges such as lack of equipment, interference of work by some people in society among others, his office would have done better.

Calling on government, individuals and corporate bodies to support the police administration, Supt Tetteh has assured to intensify education on road traffic and other related issues to ensure safety on our roads.     

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