President John Mahama has directed his Security Chiefs to beef up security in Kumasi to deal with criminal elements and ensure the safety of residents.
The directive follows sporadic shooting incidents in Kum…asi on Wednesday night, which were suspected to have been carried out by criminals. He also tasked the security agencies to increase their strength and presence in Kumasi, tighten their monitoring and surveillance in the Metropolis and beyond.
The meeting was held behind closed doors, and according to Minister for Information and Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga, the security chiefs had informed the President that every effort was being made to deal with the security situation in Kumasi. The President was informed that the security situation is generally stable, calm and normal in Kumasi. They also assured the President that they would increase reinforcement and sustain the exercise in Kumasi to ensure the safety of all residents. Seventy (70) suspected criminals have so far been arrested.
Mr Ayariga said the police investigations did not establish any robbery after the shooting incident in Kumasi, and indicated that police were still probing the issue. The Minister said the security chiefs indicated that some of the media reports did not reflect what had actually happened on the ground in Kumasi and, therefore, advised the media to give adequate reportage of the situation.
The security chiefs included Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Alhassan, and the two Deputy National Security Coordinators. Mr. Ayariga is his briefing said “the President is willing to do anything to make the people feel safe”, adding that President Mahama was generally satisfied with the briefing he had received.