Police to robbers: we know who you are, we’re coming after you

The Ghana Police Service says it is determined to keep the country safe by flushing out armed robbers and other violent criminals

The police say they have devised a new strategy to confront “a new type of crime – daylight robbery” – that has emerged in the country and to crack down on increasingly brazen activity by robbers.

Speaking with Kojo Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday, ACP Kwesi Ofori, who is the acting head of the public affairs directorate of the Ghana Police Service, said: “… one thing is, we’ve profiled them [the robbers]. We are doing targeting offs. We know who they are. We [also] know their mode and way of doing things, and I can assure you that, before many days, the police will get them …”

There has been concern about heightened insecurity, following a spate of armed robberies in parts of the country. 

But ACP Ofori said there has not been an upsurge of robbery across Ghana per se, but there is a new type of crime being carried out by robbers. However, he said, the police are determined to nip it in the bud.

He stressed: “Putting it right, robbery has not increased per se. But there’s been some kind of robberies, like the three daylight robberies that we witnessed in the Accra-Tema metropolitan area.

“And that has deepened a lot of public concern. A lot of people have shown concern about the nature: it was executed in broad daylight, and that attracted public conversation and discussion on it. In totality, the police are in control.”

ACP Ofori added, “Residential [and] workplace robberies, among others, are under control. But we’re witnessing a new turn – broad daylight robberies. This is what we are also concerned [about]. And that really permitted the police administration to have an emergency meeting inviting all divisional commanders for brainstorming …

“You might have noticed that … we have deployed massively at all intersections, joints and strategic areas [with personnel] made up of motor assault team … These are all ongoing to make sure that we keep faith with our people so that we are able to protect them better.”

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