The Greater Accra Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service has denied suggestions that it did not provide security for the One Year Commemorative Durbar of the Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election Violence.
According to the Police it provided adequate security for the one-year commemorative durbar of Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election, which was held on Friday 31st January, 2020 at the Bawaleshie Presbyterian Church premises, Accra.
The Ghana Police Service in an attempt to clear the air over news making rounds that it boycotted the commemoration has released a full press statement to that effect.
The press release of February 1, 2020, which was signed by DSP Efia Tenge of the Public Affairs Unit, the police service indicated that “it wishes to register for a fact that it provided adequate security coverage for the One Year Commemorative Durbar of the Ayawaso West Wuogon By-Election Violence, held yesterday 31st January 2020.”
The release stated that as a measure to ward of “criminal elements who may take advantage to foment trouble and ensure adequate security before, during and after the event,” teams from the Regional Operations Counter-Terrorism unit and SWAT within the jurisdiction, as well as personals from the Criminal Investigation Department, Operations Calm Life (Police and Military collaboration) and officers of the Motor and Traffic Transport Unit coordinated to provide security for the event.
The release further states that “a ten–member military standby force was positioned at a tactical location to offer the needed assistance when and where necessary.”
The Regional Command in the release reassured all political parties and the general public that it will continue to remain impartial in the delivery of its constitutional mandate of providing security for all and sundry.