Approach Police checkpoints with caution – Adam Bonaa urges

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A security analyst, Dr Adam Bonaa has warned Ghanaians to be cautious when approaching Police or security checkpoints because some of the officers are criminals.

“You might have to approach the police checkpoint with a lot of caution because if you are not careful, they will gun you down,” he said on the Sunrise show on 3FM Wednesday March 9.

He said “it is difficult to let the public know what they have to do when approaching a checkpoint because if you do not stop, it is also against the law.

“If you are not careful, they will take you as an armed robber and so they should let us know there is a checkpoint on this road”.

The Director-General in charge of Police Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Kwesi Ofori, has said it is unfortunate that some officers were involved in robberies.

He said the Police administration has systems in place to check that the officers are professional and also, to deal with recalcitrant personnel.

Two Policemen who were among the officers allegedly involved in bullion van robberies have been killed during exchange of fire with the Police at Ashaiman in Accra.

Four other officers have also been arrested and will be appearing before court on Wednesday March 9, a Police statement said on Tuesday March 8.

“The police have carried out an intelligence-led field raid at a hideout of the gang connected with the investigation into the bullion van robberies.

“During the raid at Borteyman near Ashaiman there was an exchange of gunshot and two policemen, Constable Reindolph Gyimah Ansah and Cpl Stephan Kwaku Nyame who had been arrested in connection with the bullion van robberies were shot and were pronounced dead on arrival at the Police hospital for treatment.

“Further investigations have led to the arrest of five other suspects, four of whom are policemen. We are pursuing five other civilian suspects who have gone into hiding.”

Speaking on the New Day show on TV3 Wednesday March 9, he said “It is unfortunate for Police officers to be involved in such acts. Let me use this opportunity to say that the Police administration has structures and system in place, very efficient, to put policemen and women in check.

“We are not prepared to shield any of our own. Those involved in criminality have been exposed and the law will take its course.”

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo||Ghana

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