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Regional News Sun, 20 Jul 2008

Lack of strong vehicle for Axim hampering fight against armed robbery

Axim, (W/R), July 20, GNA- The Nzema East District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dan Ohene-Djan has appealed to Non-governmental Organizations and philanthropists to assist the police with vehicles to enable them fight the increasing armed robbery cases in the area.

Making the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Axim, ASP Ohene-Djan expressed concern about lack of a robust vehicle for effective patrol duties. According to him, presently there is only one old vehicle for patrol duties, which breaks down constantly, making it unsuitably for effective patrol duties to fight against armed robbery.

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ASP. Ohene-Djan said in each of the recent two armed robbery cases at Ayisakro near Axim, where the robbers mounted a road block and robbed some travellers of their monies, the police vehicle was broken down. He said before the police could mobilize a private vehicle to the spot, the robbers had fled into the bush, adding that, the police could have tracked them down if there was a vehicle at their disposal during the period.

When contacted, the Nzema East District Chief Executive, Mr. Joshua Kwadjah Ellimah confirmed the story and said the Assembly sometimes paid the cost of repairs of the vehicle and he could not say whether the Assembly would be able to provide them with a new one.

Source: GNA
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