Security agencies must rid Agbogbloshie area of illicit arms- Nii Lante Vanderpuye

Security agencies must rid Agbogbloshie area of illicit arms- Nii Lante Vanderpuye

Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, the National Democratic Congress member of parliament for the Odododiodio constituency has blamed the rise in availability of arms and ammunition in the Agbogbloshie area, on the poor performance of security agencies.

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According to him, the lack of proper security measures in the area is risky to the lives of the vulnerable residents in the community.

Agbogbloshie must be purged of illicit arms- Nii Lante

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In an interview with Citi FM, the MP opined that if the authorities and security agencies were to extend enough attention to community, the residents could live in peaceful harmony.

Mr Vanderpuye argued that the Agbogbloshie area could be compared to a war zone in terms of the availability of the arms there, and urged the relevant security offices to conduct a thorough analysis of the community to ensure such clashes do not occur again.

"The security has to be firm; they have to do sporadic and random searches and raids to make sure they rid the area of undesirables and also try as much as possible to clear those unlicensed weapons that are being used indiscriminately in the area.

Some of the weapons that these young guys brandish, you have no idea where they got them from. Some of them are serious assault rifles. Some are weapons that you expect only the security agencies to have and you don’t know where they get these weapons from," Mr Vanderpuye said.

The former sports minster's remarks follow the recent ethnic clash between the Konkombas and the Dagombas near the Agbogbloshie yam market.

According to a Citi FM report, the clashes were sparked by an alleged phone theft, and reports indicate that some individuals involved in the conflict were brandishing assault rifles.

Two people were killed and eight were left injured.

Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Police command has started investigations into the matter, and five people have been arrested along with some locally crafted weapons have been seized in connection to the clashes.

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