IGP must call a crisis meeting – Former FPU Commander

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Chief Supt. Rtd. Naa Hamza Yakubu, a former commander of the Formed Police Unit (FPU), says the Inspector General of Police must convene a crisis meeting immediately following the shooting of a police officer and a woman.

His remarks follow a deadly attack on a bullion van in Adedenkpo, near Jamestown in Accra, which resulted in the shooting of a police constable.

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James Oppong-Buanoh, the Inspector General of Police, has given banks until the end of June this year to provide fortified armored vehicles for carrying currency.

He threatened to withdraw police officers if the banks did not comply with his order.

In a statement, the IGP urged the Association of Bankers to “provide fortified armored vehicles for carting currencies by the end of June 2021, as previously agreed between them and the [Ghana] Police Service, lest the Police withdraw its officers for escort duties.”

He also directed the Director-General of the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to take over the investigation into the attacks.

In the meantime, anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact any police station or the investigation team at 0262122086, 0244994564, or 0244280001.

According to Naa Yakubu, the IGP must meet with all police commanders in Ghana and inform the president in plain language about the current security situation.

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“What we need now is for the IGP to convene a crisis meeting of his commanders to discuss how to resolve this. Whatever decision is made at the meeting, they should be brave enough to inform the government of what is going on.

“If citizens are not secure, then whatever government does will fall short of meeting the aspirations of any government.” “The citizens must have the courage to speak up,” he told Alfred Ocansey, host of the Sunrise Morning show on 3FM.

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