Ghana Police Fears the Calibre of Weapons in Alavanyo Poses a Major Threat

Francis Ebenezer Doku,
Francis Ebenezer Doku,

Mr Francis Ebenezer Doku, Volta Regional Police Commander, has cautioned that the class of weapons wielded by some residents of Alavanyo in the Kpando Municipality could pose major challenges to the nation’s security.

He said some young people in the traditional area possessed AK 47 rifles, SMGs, M16s among others and underscored the need for disarmament and demobilisation in the farming area also known for the manufacturing of small arms.

The Regional Commander said this when he briefed the Media on a shootout between the youth of Alavanyo-Dzogbedze and some military personnel, where two persons lost their lives on Sunday.

Earlier, the youth allegedly attacked a police team, which was said to be in the community to pick illegal arms in the possession of some individuals, and seized an AK 47 rifle belonging to one police officer.

Mr Doku told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the Regional Command was sending an administrative report to Police Headquarters for voluntary surrender of weapons for rewards under a moratorium.

He said the weapons gave the bearers confidence to attack heavily armed state security forces, making efforts at ending violence in the enclave unsuccessful.

The Commander said the Police had intelligence on the massing up of arms in the area, notably Dzogbedze, as well as the illicit cultivation of Indian hemp, and appealed to chiefs and opinion leaders to help bring the youth to order.

Mr Doku said though calm had returned to the area, the Police were on high alert to respond to any untoward situation and said the Command was working to retrieve the AK 47 rifle and cuffs seized from the police on Sunday .

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