Teshie Calls For More Police Presence

The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Yohuno, has stressed the need to open more police posts in the sprawling Teshie communities to reduce robbery attacks in the area.

This comes barely a week after some residents of the area had raised concerns about the spate of robbery attacks in their respective homes.

DCOP Yohuno made this known when he led some senior police officers and the Municipal Chief Executive for Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly, Seth Badu Tawiah, to visit the communities to acquaint themselves with the real situation on the ground regarding the security challenges facing the residents.

Among the communities visited were Teshie Rasta along the Bush Road, Tebibianor, Agblezah and Okpoi Gonno.

Residents’ Complaints
Nestor Kwame Krasi, chairman of the Landlords Association at Teshie Rasta, told the regional commander and his entourage that most of them were living in fear due to the constant attacks by suspected armed robbers.

He said the area records more than five robberies in a week and that the attacks had been going on since last year.

Being a robbery victim himself, Mr Krasi said the situation was becoming unbearable for residents since the police had not been able to arrest anybody in connection with the act.

‘Even though no casualty has been recorded so far, the armed robbers carry with them guns, machetes and other sophisticated weapons when they attack the residents, beating and robbing them of their belongings.

The communities are ready to offer a places for police posts.

Police Findings
DCOP Yohuno told the media that there was the need for the communities to get separate police stations to serve them.

He said Teshie covers more than five communities and they all depend on only one district police station which is far from the communities for effective protection of lives and property.

‘More than 30,000 residents live here and they all rely on one police station which is very disheartening,’ he observed.

‘The police administration does not have enough funds to establish police stations to cover all the communities so the communities must help,’ the police officer stated.

The Municipal Chief Executive said the assembly had been searching for lands for the establishment of police posts to stop the robbery attacks but to no avail.

The land owners, he claimed, had sold all the lands, including those allocated for police stations, to individuals.

To clamp down on the robbery activities, Mr Badu Tawiah said the assembly had rented a temporary place to be used as a police post at Rasta.

By Linda Tenyah
( lindatenyah@gmail.com )

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