Mass Panic As Asawase Police ‘Flee’ Duty Post Over Fears Of Attack

The Council of Zongo Chiefs in the Asokore Mampong Municipality has appealed to the Interior Minister, Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service and the Ashanti Regional Security Council to, as a matter of urgency improve security in Asawase and its environs.

President of the Council, Naaba Musah Akabonga says there is insecurity in some locations within the enclave as residents now fear to go about their normal duties.

XYZ News checks indicate that
police officers stationed within various communities in the Ashanti regional town have withdrawn their services.

The officers are living in fear of attacks following the killing of seven zongo youth by police, which led to days of protests by angry residents..

It is not immediately known what informed the decision.

But speaking to journalists on Eid Day on Wednesday, Musah Akabonga who expressed worry about the situation called on the youth not to see the police as their enemies.

He explained, “Since the incident occurred, the police have withdrawn their services at Aboabo, Asawase, Adukrom, Saabon Zongo and all the other places. Because of this, we usually have traffic jams. They shouldn’t have any conflict with the police but allow them to come and do their work. I want to ask them if we have a problem, who do we go to? It’s definitely the police. We must try and live as one with the police.”

While urging calm, he also called on the bereaved families and the youth wait patiently for the committee to finish its work.

“…the government has set up a committee of inquiry. We are convinced that the committee will do its work as it is expected and will submit a comprehensive report that will satisfy all of us. I plead with the youth not to see the police as an enemy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Security Council is yet to meet later this week on the matter.

Irate Asawasi youth chase away IGP delegation

In July, a planned meeting with the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, and the youth of Asawasi at the Kumasi Central Mosque was botched as the irate youth engaged the police in a showdown chasing them with all manner of objects.

Some police officers who were present at the venue responded by firing tear gas from canisters, as well as warning shots, causing people, including journalists to run for cover.

The IGP, in the company of a government delegation which included the former Minister of Inner-City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface; the former Minister of Information, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, who were in Kumasi to mediate in the killing of seven youths from Asawase and Aboabo.

The seven, were gunned down by police officers at Manso-Nkwanta in the Ashanti region after they were labeled as suspects believed to have been involved in the killing of a police officer in a robbery attack.

An independent committee has since been constituted to investigate the matter.



Source:Ghana/ Jonathan Ofori