- A presidential staffer is arguing that most cases of armed robbery in the country can be linked to other African immigrants here
- About five Nigerians have been arrested for armed robbery
- Government has intensified the fight against crime by deploying the miltary on major streets
Investment banker and presidential staffer, Evron R. Hughes, is arguing that Ghana needs a continental approach to the fight against crime.
It has been revealed that most robbers arrested by the police are nationals from Nigeria and other neighboring countries.
In fact, recent arrests by the police in Accra saw alleged robbers with Nigerian names. These persons are Godsgift Nwangaga, Ufuah Princewill, Okoro Amune, John Ani and Prince Nwangaga.
According to Evron R. Hughes, the issue of high robbery cases is linked to a "lack of an effective internal (country-specific) identification system (unique identifier of persons) and tracking of persons (in terms of addresses, including hotels) and also a fairly integrated ECOWAS crime database."
Recently, the Ghana police service arrested two suspected armed robbers who were picked up on their way back from a raid.
One of the suspects, 24-year-old, Mohammed Iddrisu Ziblim, was arrested on his way back from a robbery operation in Accra.
YEN.com.gh gathered that some of the items retrieved from the two suspects include two pistols, one G3 rifle, 15 rounds of ammunition, two face masks, two pairs of hand gloves, a pair of scissors, a machete, five mobile phones and a bag.
So far, there has been a massive reshuffle in the police service following recent armed robbery attacks.
A crucial press release by the police service shows that 11 powerful police officers and head of departments have been reshuffled to other fields of the service.
An official at the most powerful position in the police department, COP/Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, who until recently was in charge of operations in Accra is now the director general in charge of research and planning.
Just moments before the press statement was released into the public, YEN.com.gh understands that the vice president convened an emergency meeting with all seven security heads in the country on the drastic measures needed to tackle the menace of crime in the country.
What this means is that starting from today, there will be heavy military and police deployment to major streets in the capital.
YEN.com.gh also gathered that "Operation calm life" has been equipped to flush out all criminals in the country as the joint police-military force gets deployed across the country.
Meanwhile, the public is being entreated to stay calm as all these security reforms are aimed to deal with crime in the country.
Ghana recorded close to 80 cases of armed robbery in January 2018 alone as compared to 60 cases in 2017.
Records by the Ghana Police Service reveal that the ratio of security officials to civilians currently stands at 1 policeman to 500 Ghanaians.
This troubling reality falls in sharp contrast with the success stories of various African countries who have a satisfactory police per civilian ratio.
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