The Ghana Police Service has stated that, they would withdraw all troops on duty in the Northern Region. This was because police personnel on duty facea threat whic is against their own safety.
The Northern Regional Police Command has withdrawn all patrols and visibility snap-checks in the Tamale metropolis.
The recent shooting incident at Lamashegu that resulted in the death of one person and the injury of several others. This is what has raised safty concerns within the ranks of Ghana Police High command.
Ghane Police Remarks
The incident has heightened their fears and they cannot risk their lives to embark on patrols in the area.
The police have withdrawn both day and night patrols and snap-checks for fear of their lives . This is because some aggrieved youth constantly threaten to attack them. Since the incident occurred three weeks ago, Withdrawal has started
An increase in some pockets of crime, including car-snatching incidents in the metropolis in the past few days.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Police Crime Officer, said that the command had decided to withdraw the patrols. This is due to the fact that they receive threats from the public every day
When police officers engaged some youth in violent hostilities on Sunday, A Junior High School graduate died from gunshot wounds
The incident was said to have occurred when a man driving an unregistered vehicle allegedly ignored a signal by a police patrol team to stop.
The police then chased and fired at him as he drove into the palace of the Lamashegu chief for refuge.
Reacting to the incident, the youth pelted stones at the police and burnt lorry tyres on the streets.
Concerns to Withdraw
Meanwhile, some residents have expressed worry about the withdrawal of police patrols in the metropolis, saying the situation had heightened their fears over criminal attacks.
A resident, Adam Sule, said, “These days we are afraid to move out in the night because we don’t see police patrolling the streets. I have heard a number of robbery reports, which is very disturbing.”
Another resident, Ayisha Razak, appealed to authorities to as a matter of urgency resolve the issue between the police and the youth of the metropolis to enable the former to discharge their duties peacefully.
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