The Ashanti Regional Police Command has acted to avert violent clashes between the Al-Sunnah and Tijanniya Islamic sects in the Kumasi metropolis.
There had been rising tension among followers of these sects over doctrinal differences and the timely intervention of the police became necessary to prevent an imminent bloody conflict.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Ken Yeboah, the Regional Commander, had given assurance that things were now under control.
He said firm measures had been taken to de-escalate the situation and ensure that there were no breaches of the law.
He indicated that the leadership of both sects had been made to sign a bond to be of good behavior.
Additionally, they had been banned from using public address system to preach at dawn.
He made this known to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, when he paid a visit to the Regional Police Headquarters.
DCOP Yeboah said there was intelligence that the leaders of the sects were mobilizing their followers for a showdown ahead of the Ramadan.
The Minister, accompanied by his Deputy, Mrs. Elizabeth Agyemang, was touring security installations in the region to learn at first hand the operational challenges and how to tackle these.
He had earlier met with the hierarchy of the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).
DCOP Yeboah announced that they were making progress in the crime fight and said as of the end of the first quarter of the year, 525 criminal cases had been recorded, compared with last year’s same period total of 1,600 cases.
Cases of murder, between January and March, declined by 40 per cent.
He underlined the determination of the police to continue to work hard to keep the region calm and called for everybody to get right with the law.
Mr. Osei-Mensah urged the police to do more to check indiscipline on the roads – the disregard for traffic regulations to bring down road crashes and fatalities.
They should see to it that motor bike riders without licenses were taken off the roads, he added.