The President’s comments come in the wake of a heightened wave of robbery attacks with the recent one involving a Lebanese who was shot and killed at Tema Industrial Area last week with the assailants making away with GHC 200,000 he had withdrawn from the bank.
A number of other incidents have also involved brazen attacks by robbers on individuals and organisations in broad daylight.
Describing these attacks as “totally unacceptable”, the President warned that “no miscreant will have the space to terrorize citizens and generate a sense of insecurity” in the country.
The President also reminded the Police of its primary responsibility of maintaining peace and keeping law and order in the country with the backing of the armed forces.
He was however quick to add that a collaborative effort between the Police and the citizenry will enable the former in closing in on persons involved in these robbery attacks.
“We should not forget that the Police needs the help and support of the community to be able to do their work. We dare not lose our reputation as a haven of peace and security. I urge you all to join in making sure there is no hiding place in our midst for those who would disturb our peace. For my part, I will do whatever is necessary, within the confines of the Constitution and the laws of the land, to ensure the peace of our country.”
As part of efforts to reduce these cases, the President on Monday met with security heads to deliberate on effective measures of fighting crime.
After deliberations, the President ordered the Finance Ministry to release some funds for the purchase of equipment for various security agencies.
Additionally, the President, also directed that the joint Police and Military under the ‘Operation Calm Life’ initiative, be intensified to cover every part of the country.
President Nana Addo’s promise to intensify security appears to be a reiteration of what the Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia had said earlier when he joined Muslim faithfuls for Jumah prayers last Friday.