The Commanding Officer of Police Service Workshop at Ghana Police Service COP Ebenezer Francis Doku is blaming increasing armed robbery cases in Ghana on the high rate of unemployment and low level of formal education among the youth.
There is a surge in armed robbery cases in many parts of the country compelling the Acting Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akufo Dampare to deploy Anti-Armed robbery taskforce to parts of the country to clamp down on the menace.
However, in an interview with Journalists in Eastern Region, COP Francis Doku said the panacea to the robbery menace is quality education and job creation.
“What basically accounts for insecurity in our communities is about lack of jobs and also when people don’t take to education, they find themselves in the streets and naturally they must look for something to feed on. And so the basic thing is for us to get them all back to school. Once they are in school, these robbery and other criminal activities will stop,” COP Francis Doku said.
Highway robbers attack Anti-Armed robbery squad
Anti-Armed Robbery squad deployed to the Eastern region by the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare were attacked by highway robbers on Akyem Ettukrom to Bunso road in the Eastern region.
The robbers allegedly wielding AK47 were on the road Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at dawn to rob commuters.
The robbers upon seeing the Police Bus transporting the personnel to their Operational areas opened fire on the bus which the police quickly retaliated.
The gunfire exchange lasted for few minutes but the robbers fled into the bush after some sustained injuries.
The Police personnel combed the area and mounted a search in the bush and nearby houses and some health facilities but could not find the suspects.
Police retrieved five spent shells of AK 47 rifle at the scene.
The scene was the exact area two highway robbers -Haruna Amadu, 25, and Joseph Nyira, 25 were arrested on June 5, 2021 after killing a trader in a robbery attack on the road with their accomplices at large.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr.George Akuffo Dampare has deployed 126 troops of the special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (AARS) to the Eastern to clamp down rampant robbery activities in the region.