RESIDENTS OF ADA LIVE IN FEAR AHEAD OF ASAFOTUFIAMI

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Barely three weeks to the Asafotufiami of the Chiefs and people of the Ada Traditional Area in the Greater Accra region of Ghana, the people of Ada in the Ada East District live in constant fear due to series of robberies visited on them for past two weeks.

The unpleasant development has raised security concerns among prospective celebrants ahead of this year’s Asafotufiami festival of the Chiefs and People of the Ada Traditional Area.

Kasseh and Big-Ada were the worst hit communities to experience several robberies in the last couple of weeks. The latest incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday at Koluedor in the Ada West District where residents were robbed of motorbikes, television sets, computers, money among others, and the victims physically assaulted with gun batts other weapons, some of whom are presently receiving medical treatment at the Ada East District Hospital.

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The Ada East District Police Commander, DSP James Asiedu who confirmed the incidents said, the command apart from having serious logistical constraints is also heavily understaffed.

According to him, the command has only 38 Police personnel including himself which is woefully inadequate for such a tourist destination. The police Commander hinted that their only vehicle which broke down for long was fixed just last Saturday with a borrowed tyre.

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DSP Asiedu who said the police administration is aware of their two major challenges, also, the are aware of the security implications as the Asafotufiami festival fast approaches and should have alocated one vehicle to them but left them out in the last time distribution vehicles to the commands.

He intimated that though the DCE is aware of their problems, it is the responsibility of the police administration to provide them with logistics, failure to do has security implications especially during the festivities.

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Interestingly, the Ada East Police Commander disclosed that some police personnel were transferred to the district for over a year now but have not reported, though their relievers have left. The situation he observed has aggravated the staff strenght.

DSP James Asiedu reminded the public to know their emergency number and call them in case of any incident. He again enjoined the residents to report suspicious characters to the police for prompt action.

Source: WestAfrica24.com || Edward Graham Sebbie

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