An ex convict (name withheld) is urging the Police hierarchy to as a matter of urgency to make better use of ‘no nonsense’ Police Commissioner, Kofi Boakye and COP Tetteh Yehonu by tasking them to lead the fight against armed robbery which has been on the ascendancy in the past few days.
According to him, armed robbers dread the ‘tough’ and brave police officer, adding that he’s confident the return of COP Kofi Boakye onto the streets will put fear into the armed robbers and reduce the menace.
The ex convict added that the immediate past Ashanti Regional Police Commander COP Nathan Kofi Boakye is wasting away as current Director of Research and Planning at the Police Headquarters.
His comments come on the back of the daylight armed robbery incident at Royal Motors at the North Industrial Area in Accra Tuesday where the robbers amidst sporadic gunshots succeeded in bolting with at least Gh¢500,000 of the company’s sales.
On Wednesday, armed robbers in Tema shot dead a Lebanese businessman believed to be working with soap manufacturing firm Delta Agro after he had visited the Zenith bank bolting with a cash sum of GHC200,000.
Before he became the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Kumasi, the second capital of Ghana was inundated with broad day light robbery and hoodlum with impunity. Armed robbers were on shooting rampage, but his tenure saw such criminal activities reducing drastically due to the measure he introduced.
COP Tetteh Yehunu on the other hand, then Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) was given a special promotion to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) in January 2012 and had earlier in 2011 been awarded Grand Medal for his meritorious service in combating armed robbery and other criminal activities in the country.
Prior to that, as Divisional Commander for Accra Central from November 2007 to May 2009, Mr Yohuno doubled as Accra Regional Operations Commander.
He was later appointed Deputy Accra Regional Commander and rose to become the Regional Commander in 2013 until December 5, 2015.
Speaking to Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa, the ex convict who spent 9 years on remand at the Nsawam Prison stated that is unfathomable how distinguished Police Commissioners like Kofi Boakye, Yehunu are being handled by the Police hierarchy, liking the situation to a tough striker being a reserved player in a soccer game while the team is trailing several goals.
“There are some police officers we’re worrying ourselves keeping them in the office, COP Kofi Boakye, COP Tetteh Yehunu, these are dread Policemen that armed robbers fear a lot. These people must be put on the grounds because they’ll pursue armed robbers and arrest them because they have people on the ground working with them and they have a lot of information.
“Armed robbers fear Kofi Boakye, especially our Nigerian brothers who are into armed robbery here, I can tell you for a fact that whenever they hear his name they become frightened. See, it’s about the person ooo, not the position you’re heading. When the Nigerians hear that Kofi Boakye has return to the streets, they’ll send back information to their country cautioning their fellow robbers not to come down to Ghana because he’s back in charge. They really fear that man.”