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General News Thu, 1 Mar 2018

Enough talk, we want action - NPP MP charges police

The Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, has charged the police service to back their talk with action on the wave of armed robbery attacks in the capital.

Neenyi George Andah says he is confident the police will back up and bring the hooligans to book but the time to do that is now.

“There is a lot of talks, talks about retooling…talks about logistics being provided and talks about plans but I think it’s time for action,” Mr. Andah told the AM Show on the Joy News channel.

He added that he doesn’t believe the armed robbers have better firepower or better intelligence than the police so they need to smoke them out.

“We cannot be going around the talk channel, it is time we have to see some action and I’m confident that action will come.”

Mr. Andah’s comments come at the back of the numerous cases of robbery that have been recorded in the capital, Accra.

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Just this week, two cases of daylight robbery have been recorded with the last one happening Wednesday.

A Lebanese man who had gone to the bank to withdraw a sum of GH¢200,000 was robbed and shot dead in the Tema metropolis while on the way to his company to pay salaries of workers.

Tuesday, armed robbers stormed the North Industrial Area office of Royal Motors and made away with an undisclosed amount of money after altercations.

Minority members of Parliament have expressed concern about the inability of the police to handle the weight of the situation.

Deputy Minority Chief Whip Ahmed Ibrahim has called for the Inspector General of police to be relieved of his position.

“There is something wrong with the top hierarchy of the police and who is at the top? It is the IGP. So, clearly, if he is due for retirement and you give him a contract and he is not performing the President must let the IGP go,” he stated on Accra based Class FM.

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A ranking member on Interior and Defense Committee of Parliament, James Agalga has called for the military to be deployed in the interim to aid the police.

George Andah, however, believes deploying the military will create an unwarranted sense of escalated insecurity which is not the case yet.

MP for Mion, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, who was also on Thursday's AM Show believes the President and Vice, should be held responsible for the state of insecurity since the president is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Veep is the Chairman of the Police Council.

“The duty of every government is to protect life and property, if you cannot do that, what business do you have bring in power,” he jabbed.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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