IGP Mahummed Alhassan

IGP Mahummed Alhassan

Following the latest cell break by two suspected criminals at a cell in Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region, the District Security Council is to be briefed on Wednesday by the District Police Commander in an emergency meeting.

The meeting seeks to inform DISEC about how the two men escaped while policemen were at post. It will also assess the security risk the escapees pose to residents of the area, and what efforts are being made to apprehend them.

The escapees are 26 year old nurse Ernest Owusu Afram , who allegedly defrauded 19 people with the pretext of getting them admission at the Tepa Nursing School, and Shadrack Nyame who has been involved in several theft cases at Tepa and its environs.

Ernest Owusu Afram, who is accused of defrauding his clients to the tune of 20,000 cedis was on remand.

Ahafo Ano Divisional Police Commander ACP Kofi Dwumfour Berchie assured that all personnel at barriers and borders were on the lookout for them.

He said the police administration has given personnel who were on duty ten days to provide the prisoners or face the necessary sanctions.

This comes barely few weeks after a similar one occurred at Denu in the Volta Region where seven suspects escaped, with only three recaptured so far.

District Chief Executive for Ahafo Ano North, Addae-Amankwah, told Accra-based Joy FM that inhabitants of the district are not panicking over the report  but says the DISEC will hold an emergency security meeting Wednesday to address the issue.

The latest cell break incident appears to have infuriated members of the Defense and Interior Committee of Parliament which has served  notice it will invite the Inspector General of Police to answer pertinent questions in Parliament.

Deputy Ranking Member of the committee, Major Derek Oduro,  told Joy FM Parliament is concerned about the recurring cases of cell breaks and the danger it poses to citizens who may have played a role in getting those criminal suspects behind bars.

He says it its more worrying particularly when some of the suspects escaped with weapons in the Denu incident.

He says the IGP, who has worked closely with the committee in various matters will be hauled before the house to answer critical questions on these worrying developments.

?The situation where those under confinement in police cells and in prisons are escaping is a great source of worry. Everybody is raising eyebrows; if people can escape with AK 47 weapons in Denu, then people are not safe and so the people of Denu were incenses. Those on duty should be questioned and given some days to look for the escapees. If they are not able to do that they should be interdicted for investigations or their appointment terminated. Our worry is the weapons the suspected criminals bolted with. It?s about time the IGP makes sure that all the men and women on duty are serious especially in the cells otherwise we are heading towards trouble. We are losing confidence in the police? he said.

?We will get the IGP to answer some questions because we have been working with him closely. We need to be briefed about these things and also get to know what the results of the investigations are although we can?t put out everything in the public domain. My concern is that all policemen on duty in cells should be up and doing. The people?s confidence rests on them so if such things occur it?s not good at all. Other units of the police service are working seriously but others are not. The authorities of the service should work hard to restore public confidence in the service? he charged.

Source: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie , tv3network

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