The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress(NDC),Joseph Yamin says the military should be called upon to join the police service in handling the armed robbery situation in Kumasi and bring some calmness in the region.
According to him, he is not undermining the work of the police however; ‘we are in an era where the society is not afraid of the police because of their actions and inactions’.
"I think that we are under-utilizing our military and it is one of the causes of indiscipline in the country. If we have such a situation, why don’t we call the military into the city to make sure that people like these are eradicated? If the military are in the barracks, knowing very well that they can do well than the police are doing, why should we keep them there?" he said.
Yamin was reacting to the indiscriminate shooting incident by robbers in Ayigya in the Ashanti Region following the police arrest of 150 suspected robbers in a swoop intended to reduce the flood of armed robbery in the region.
Speaking to Kwami Sefa-Kayi in an interview on Peace FM’s Morning Show programme‘Kokrokoo’, Yamin added: "We are not getting the true picture of what is happening in Kumasi. It is like armed robbers have taken over Kumasi but that is not the issue.
However, if the people arrested are all armed robbers, then we have a big problem," he mentioned.
"The most important thing is to bring calm in Kumasi, send a constant patrol team to the affordable housing unit; the hideout of the armed robbers. Apart from that, I think that we should involve the military. If they need reinforcement, they should use the military," Yamin intimated.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Madam Ursula Owusu, speaking on the same platform and on the same issue said: “The police must enforce our laws; if not people will continue to break it. The Police inaction fuels impunity because most often things like this happens and after a while, nothing is done about it again...we can’t continue like this. I repeat police inaction fuels impunity”.
According to her, the police know where most of the criminals are and so they should not wait for the worst to happen before they start making arrest.
“They should do their work and avoid looking at the political colour of people before enforcing the law…” she added.
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