DCOP Paul Manly Awini, the Tema Regional Police Commander, has urged foreign nationals, especially the Chinese in Ghana who have genuinely acquired registered firearms, not to hesitate to use them for their personal protection against criminals.
He said this at the 2nd Security Sensitisation Forum under the theme, “Enhancing the Personal Security of Chinese Residents in Tema Region: The Role of the Ghana Police Service and Chinese Community” organised for Chinese nationals in and around Tema.
He urged those who owned firearms to at least fire warning shots to scare away criminals when they came under attack.
The over 1000 Chinese nationals in Tema, who have acquired firearms from the police, are said to often keep them in their wardrobes rather than use them, for fear of being penalized since it was an offence to possess a weapon in China; hence their reluctance to use the guns for their protection.
Counsellor Wang Sheng, who spoke on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Ambassador Sun Baohong, expressed worry about the spate of armed robbery attacks on Chinese nationals in Ghana and noted that the security situation was negatively affecting the confidence of Chinese investors.
He also assured the police of the embassy’s necessary assistance to intensify support to police in Tema to take all measures to protect the rights and interests of Chinese nationals and pledged to donate 10 motorbikes to help the police beef up security in the Tema Region.