The General Secretary for the Asante Youth Association,(AYA) Mr Tweneboah Kodua, has charged the Ashanti Regional Police Command to use better strategies to combat the increasing spate of robbery in the region.
Speaking exclusively to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper in Kumasi, the firebrand of AYA bemoaned the dangerous nature the Ashanti Region had become due to the recent spate of crime and robbery.
He averred the recent limited registration exercise exacerbated the state of insecurity in the region and cautioned the Police to learn lessons from the near blood bath exercise so as to forestall its occurrence in the upcoming general election in November.
The Police, he noted are equipped and trained to nip crime in the bud, adding the recent incidences in the region is a source of worry.
He stressed that rather than the irregular use of press conferences to ward off criminals, the Police Command could devise innovative ways of either apprehending robbers or curbing the menace in the Region particularly the Kumasi Metropolis.
Narrating the recent Agogo and Tafo riots in the region, Mr Kodua wondered why the Police could not stem the chaos on time.
According to him, the Police had received enough information on the existing issues and could have been proactive to avoid the clashes that emanated from the bottled up anger between natives and settlers.
On the Asante Akyem Agogo issue, the Scribe of AYA said the bad blood between residents of Agogo and the nomadic Fulani herdsmen had persisted for age.
He, however, wondered why the Police who could not drive away the marauding Fulani herdsmen with their cattle even when a court ruling had armed them with the power to do so.
OLD TAFO RIOTS:
Mr Koduah decried the attitude of the Police administration on the Old-Tafo riots, insisting they could have nipped the issue in the bud if they had arrested the Zongo youth who pushed the over 70 year old Chief of Tafo down.
He stressed no one should be left the hook after the person had committed crime or robbery, adding the Police needed to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the daylight criminal act at Old-Tafo.
He, therefore, charged the Police administration to do a self- introspection and correct any lapses that emanated from the regional command to the police posts across the region.
This, he admonished would not only breed confidence in the Police but help to drastically reduce crime and robbery in the Ashanti Region.