He said the threat by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor to withdraw all police officers from the place, if carried through, could have dire consequences for the security of the people.

Whatever the excesses, provocation and criminality, the way to deal with the situation was not to deny the area state security protection, he added.

The pull out threat is a fall out from the robbery attack on a GCB bullion van by two serving police officers that claimed the life of a driver and subsequent reprisal attacks and vandalizing of police property by the people.

Bishop Kumordzi speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Asesewa, underlined the need for strong engagement between the police and the people to build trust.

“50 years in the house of the Lord: our successes, challenges and prospects” was the theme for the event.

He urged the police administration to act firmly to clean the service of rogue officers to raise its public standing.

He also advised the people to get right with the law and avoid any temptation to take matters into their own hands.

Mr. Joseph Tetteh Angmor, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, applauded the church for the significant contribution it was making towards education development of the area.

He encouraged it to sustain the momentum to transform the living conditions of the people.

Mrs. Agnes Offei, Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson, suggested that the parish was split in two, for effective pastoral activities to grow the church.

She appealed to the government to move quickly to improve the roads in the area to boost economic activities.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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