I'll crush armed robbers - Akufo-Addo
The recent spate of armed robbery in the country is totally “unacceptable”, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
He has, therefore, promised to work to ensure that Ghanaians are able to go about their daily duties without fear or panic.
“I want to make this clear: no miscreant will have the space to terrorise citizens and generate a sense of insecurity in our country,” Nana Akufo-Addo said at the 61st Independence Day anniversary celebration at the Independence Square in Accra on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.
The police, he said, “have the primary responsibility of maintaining peace and keeping law and order in our society, and, in exceptional cases, with the backing of the armed forces. The government is doing, and will do whatever it takes to enable the police discharge their duties effectively. We are providing the means for them to modernise their equipment and learn modern methods of policing, and the numbers will be rapidly increased to match our growing population, and sophistication and audacity of the criminals.
“We should not forget that the police need the help and support of the community to be able to do their work. We dare not lose our reputation as a haven of peace and security. I urge you all to join in making sure there is no hiding place in our midst for those who would disturb our peace. For my part, I will do whatever is necessary, within the confines of the constitution and the laws of the land, to ensure the peace of our country.”
Nana Akufo-Addo’s comment comes in the wake of several armed robberies and murders in the last few days in various parts of the country.
It will be recalled that a 44-year-old mother-of-three was stabbed to death by armed men in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 and her handbag stolen by the robbers.
A Lebanese businessman was also shot and killed by robbers after he had withdrawn GHS200,000 from the bank on the same Wednesday at Tema. The robbers bolted with the money.
A day before that a group of armed robbers numbering 10, stormed Royal Motors in Accra in broad day light and made away with some GHS8000. It followed the arrest of nine suspected robbers in connection with raids at several forex bureaus at Spintex in Accra. Also on Thursday, 1 March 2018, robbers attacked a man at Industrial Area and made way with GHS9000.