Superintendent Nana kwaku Duah, Brong Ahafo Regional Crime Officer has entreated personnel of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to be more professional in ensure that criminals were prosecuted.

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He observed that a lot of suspects had found themselves at the prisons although they were not criminals and called for thorough investigations with established evidence before trials and conviction.

Superintendent Duah made this call at the close of a 10-day Basic Drug Trafficking Investigation training workshop for 25 personnel from the Regional CID at Abesim near Sunyani.

The workshop, which was jointly organised by the Ghana Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was aimed at building the capacity of law enforcement agencies to counter drug trafficking and organised crime in the country.

He said it was regrettable that ignorant citizens had to suffer in jail for lack of evidence, whilst the real criminals were walking freely.

Superintendent Duah stated that the Brong Ahafo Region over the years had been on the world record of leading in Marijuana and urged participants to put in more effort to prove to the international world that the situation was no more the same.

He asked the officers to apply all the knowledge acquired in their training to help fight drug abuse in the region adding that personnel would from time to time be updated on the emergence of new drugs in the region and the nation in general.

“But for now you are to concentrate on combating marijuana in the region”

Mr Laurent Guillaume, workshop facilitator asked the participants to be innovative in their investigations and not to remain static on their job by practising same and old methods all the time.

He urged participants to make good use of the narcotic control unit that would be established and resourced in the region to ensure enforcement of the drugs law in tackling illicit drug trafficking and other related organised crime.