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UE: Formed Police Unit in the offing; expected to fight higway robberies, violent crimes – Police

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A Formed Police Unit (FPU) is in the offing in the Upper East Region. The Unit will provide tactical and coordinated intelligence-led support to the Regional Police Command’s effort at dealing with violent crimes, particularly highway robberies in the region.

While the FPU is being set up, the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Ghana Police Service is leading the crusade against the said crime. The Service is hopeful that the FPU, CTU along with the many security strategies that have been deployed would be able to help address the many security concerns of the region.

The Public Affairs Officer of the Upper East Regional Police Command, ASP David Fianko-Okyere, speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East made this revelation.

“A Formed Police Unit is in the offing. There is a police unit that is coming to the Upper East Region to concentrate on these [highway robberies] issues. But as at now, we have the Counter-Terrorism Unit which is dealing with the violent crimes in the region,” he said.

It would be recalled that on the afternoon of February 27, 2022, Police in the Upper East Region gunned down a suspected robber during a shootout at the Nyariga Forest along the Bolgatanga-Nyariga stretch.

This was after the Police team, while on patrol, responded to intelligence gathered that armed robbers were attacking traders from the Nyariga market. Upon getting to the said location, the team encountered three young men wielding pump-action guns.

Touching on the issue, ASP Fianko-Okyere said the Ghana Police Service is fully aware of the many security challenges that plague residents who live and use the roads between Nyariga, Gorey and Bongo-soe. To this end, the Police are devising a means of permanently dealing with unscrupulous persons who ply their illicit trade in those areas.

One of the strategies is the collating of security ideas and crime prevention strategies from all top police officials in the region.

He called on residents to freely offer relevant information to the police to enable them arrest such criminals.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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