Superintendent of Police Cephas Arthur, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service has stated that it does not lie in the remit of political party supporters to protect state institutions.
According to the police Public Affairs Director, only police and other security agencies backed by law, and no other persons, are charged with the protection of state institutions and property.
These statements are in response to claims by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Freddie Blay, that NPP supporters who took over state installations had been doing so in the aims of protecting state facilities.
“At the harbour people are stealing cars, people are carrying away items that should attract duties and so forth, containers being taken away without going through the right processes and so forth and I think people should be bold enough to say: stop what you are doing’”.
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“It is your duty, my duty to stop anybody stealing even an individual property if you have good reason to know that what the person is doing amounts to stealing. If you see people stealing cars from the harbour, taking them away, are you suggesting that we should wait and go and call the police before they stop them?” said the NPP Chairman.
Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu of Class 91.3 FM on Friday, January 13th, Superintendent Cephas iterated clearly iterated his opinions
“Such responsibility is for legitimized agencies like the police.”