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Regional News Sat, 31 Jul 2010

CHRAJ calls for an end to serial killing in Fanteakwa

Begoro (E/R), July 31, GNA - The Deputy Fanteakwa District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Victor Ampony, on Friday called for an end to the practice where some men hired others to kill people they suspected to be flirting with their wives or girl friends.

He said those practices was an abuse of the fundamental human rights of those killed, which was not allowed in any society where the rule of law prevailed.

Mr Ampony was speaking at a forum organized by the Fanteakwa District Directorate of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) at Begoro, on the theme, "Peace, Unity and Development".

The programme was attended by opinion leaders, community leaders, chiefs, youth leaders and members of the Fanteakwa District Assembly.

Mr Ampony called for the encouragement of the use of Alternate Conflict Resolution methods in solving disputes, to help reduce the time and money spent in resolving conflicts at the normal courts.

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Mr Seidu Abanga, Co-ordinating Director of the Fanteakwa District Assembly, said the assembly had decided to register all cattle owners in the area including the traditional authorities who gave the cattle owners the land to settle, to help for easy identification when there are problems.

He explained that not all cattle found in the district were owned by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that, a large number of the cattle stock were for Ghanaians.

The Fanteakwa District Police Commander, Mr Reuben Kwaku Dzogbefi, urged the civilian population to co-operate with the police to help reduce crime in the area.

He appealed to members of the community who had any information on crime to first report to the police for investigation and the necessary actions to be taken, and desist from calling radio stations.

Mr Dzogbefi said the police investigates a case before coming out with conclusion, unlike the media which more often presents one-sided aspect of a case reported to it.

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In a welcoming address, the Fanteakwa District Director of NCCE, Mr Francis K. Kumi, said democracy could only thrive in the country under a very peaceful environment.

He said as a way of promoting peace, unity and development in the district, his secretariat had organized the programme in several communities within the District.

Osabarima Awuah Kotoko, Begorohene, who chaired the function, called for an end to conflicts between two individuals that are often turned into communal violence either on political or ethnic grounds. b

Source: GNA