The Ghana Police Service is set to start a nationwide exercise dubbed, "Operation Father Christmas" aimed at searching and retrieving firecrackers and other explosive used for celebrations as a task force gets inaugurated on Friday to begin the exercise ahead of the Christmas holidays.
Firecrackers as per the Executive Instrument EI 21 of 1999, has been banned. The instrument prohibits the manufacture, possession, distribution and use of some categorized explosives in the country but despite the legal ban, importers still engage in the trade of these explosives.
Meanwhile the Director of Public Affairs, Cephas Arthur has clarified that the lack of cooperation with other state security has not given rise to the importation of the banned products get to the market. According to him, what is seen across local markets is just a fraction of what would have come on to the markets had it not been the high levels of collaboration and cooperation among all the state security services.