Chieftaincy Disputes Thwart Effective Policing – Commander

…As Accra Regional Police Marks Annual WASSA

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Osabarima Asare Pinkro III, has said chieftaincy disputes and land litigation were the biggest challenges hampering effective fight against crime by the police in the region.

He said such problems, which normally stemmed from feuding factions in chieftaincy affairs, have created condition and undue advantage for perpetuating criminal activities, making it difficult for police to separate pure crime from disputes.

There have been instances where people who were not chiefs have paraded themselves as chiefs and creating problems in the city. Also, because land is very expensive in the region, people use all sorts of dubious means to acquire lands which had already been bought legally by others.

These have undoubtedly created chieftaincy disputes and associated violence among rival royal families in the Ga state.

Speaking at the 2016 end of year get-together, popularly known as the West African Security Association (WASSA), for police personnel of the Accra Regional Police Command, DCOP Asare Pinkro, said chieftaincy and land related problems took 50 per cent of the working time of the police in the region.

The remaining 50 per cent of the working time of the police, he said, went into combating violence and general crime in the region.

“Sometimes the Greater Accra Regional Command becomes so perplexed about the high frequency of chieftaincy and land-guard problems to the extent that we are torn between maintenance of public order and combating general crime in the city,” he said.

Some of the  areas that have been inundated with chieftaincy disputes in Accra in recent time include the Ga paramountcy, Teshie, Ablekuma, Oblongo, Bortianor, Weija and Tema, while Agbogbolishie is also a notorious conflict zone inhabited by people from the Northern Region.

The region also ranks high in land litigation and its related violence which is perpetrated by people, mostly land guards.

They are particularly employed in some communities in the region where chieftaincy disputes are rife, which at times resulted in creating commotions, leading to the loss of lives and property

This, the regional police commander stressed, affects the operations of the police against criminals, as much time and resources are used to keep the peace in chieftaincy conflict-prone communities.

While declaring war on land guards whose activities he noted “create insecurity in the country,” DCOP Asare Pinkro entreated the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to tackle the chieftaincy problems in the region to enable the police to concentrate on fighting crime.

He assured the public of the readiness of the police to check the activities of the land guards and also ensure sanity in the chieftaincy institution in the region.

Mr. Asare Pinkro applauded the regional police personnel for professional work during the year under review, stating that, apart from the chieftaincy and land guard issues, major crimes have reduced drastically due the work of the law enforcement officers.

He said the police will continue to fight cyber crime, residential and street robbery, illegal possession of arms and ammunition and motorbike offences.

He also used the opportunity to commend the military for its continued support for the command and for maintaining good working relationship with the police.

The commander cited the recent violent clashes at Agbogbloshie in Accra as an example of how the police and the military could work together to eventually bring violent situations under control.

Mr. Ishmael Ashietey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, on his part, commended the regional police command for maintaining peace, and called on all ethnic groups in the region to learn to co-exist in peace.

“The police, executive members of the various groups and individuals at Agbogbloshie must resolve to make sure they contribute to the maintenance of peace and order in the region,” he stated.

Mr. Ashietey further expressed appreciation to the police and called for continued collaborating between the Regional Coordinating Council, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the police to promote the development of the region.

In attendance was the Commandant of the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Pepra Opong, and an officer from the Ghana Immigration Service.

 

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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