24 January 2012
The Volta Regional Police Command has made progress in dealing with the Akporsorkubi communal conflict that occurred on December 29, last year, which resulted in the death of one person, and leaving the Paramount Chief of the area, Alevle Okitikpo III, with gunshot wounds, while another person sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds.
The conflict, which had since been managed by a police and military cooperation, has brought calm to the community, a development that has led to the free movement of people who could now embark on their economic activities without any fear, as suspected persons who participated in the conflict had been arrested and detained in police cells at Ho.
Addressing the media in Ho on the latest development, in relation to the conflict, the Volta Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Alexander Bedie, disclosed that 26 suspects were arrested on January 16, made up of 19 men and seven women.
DCOP Bedie explained that during a search conducted in the premises of those arrested, a number of offensive weapons were found, including single barrel shotguns, a locally manufactured pistol, 85 live cartridges, 83 empty shells, a quantity of gun powder in a Milo tin, a rough-edged dagger and three cutlasses.
The Police Commander continued that the police would screen the suspects, and those found culpable, would be put before court, and assured the people of the region that the police would ensure that all those found guilty of perpetuating crimes in the communal conflict would be punished duly, to serve as deterrent to others.
DCOP Bedie used the opportunity and advised the people to refrain from negative practices which were likely to mar the existing peace in the region. He further noted that the police were prepared to deal with such people, saying there was the need for peace in the region, in order to aid the development activities of the people.
He pointed out that the police were key partners in the development process of the region, and asked the people to collaborate in ensuring law and order.
DCOP Bedie stressed on the need for the citizenry to freely provide vital information that would lead to the arrest of criminals in the region.
The Police Commander said the police should be regarded as friends, who were ready to assist the people go about their daily activities peacefully, and that there could be no effective policing without the full participation of the citizens, because criminals lived with them, and it was important for them to expose the identities and activities of suspects to the police, so as to ensure a society free of crime.
DCOP Bedie used the opportunity to urge the people in the region to be law-abiding, especially, during the forthcoming general elections, and that anybody found to have violated the law would be dealt with accordingly.
He also noted that the peace that exists in the region should be observed during and after the elections to ensure a safe society for all.
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