The Asokore-Mampong Municipal Security Council has said that tackling crime remains a top priority following the kidnapping and rescue of two Canadian volunteers in the Ashanti regional capital.
The council has since reviewed its security operations after it emerged that the victims were initially brought to Sawaba, a suburb in the Municipality before being sent to Achiase, where they were finally rescued.
The security council also revealed that some of the suspects were arrested at Adukrom, another community in the Municipality, raising concerns about security in the area.
The Assembly has since outlined a number of measures to fighting crime and also deal with miscreants who have been fomenting trouble in the area.
The Assembly has warned that it would be compelled to use its powers to prosecute owners of buildings who fail to comply with the directive.
The Assembly has also tasked developers and landowners within the municipality to ensure those sites are constantly cleared of weeds to prevent criminals from using their facilities as a haven to perpetrate crime.
Landlords within the area are also encouraged to form Associations to help check the activities of tenants who may be criminals.
The Assembly further urged owners of hotels, guesthouses and other key facilities within the area to be on a lookout and not to allow persons with questionable characters to frequent their places.
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokore Mampong, Alhaji Alidu Seidu said although the decision might be difficult for owners of these buildings, it also prioritizes the security of the residents in the area and will do all it can to protect lives and properties.
“The Assembly is of the view that, these bad nuts capitalize on the availability of those places and those uncompleted buildings to do their own things,” he indicated.
He said the Works Department of the Assembly has been tasked to embark on a data collection of all uncompleted buildings to enable the Assembly trace their owners so as to find solutions to the security issues within the municipality.
‘Seidu N.B.A never my bodyguard’
The MCE has also denied allegations that one of the suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of the two Canadian females was his bodyguard.
He called on members of the public to dispel the entire allegation and treat it as falsehood and the malice it deserves.
“Seidu N.B.A has never been and will never be my bodyguard. It is absolutely false. It is not true”, he emphasized
He maintained that he has a single bodyguard who is a recognized officer by the Ghana Police Service and no other person can be said to be working for him in that position.
He advised the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi and the Ashanti Regional secretary of that party, Kwame Zu to always cross check their information before putting it out to misinform and mislead the public.
He also denied reports that the said suspect is a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asawase Constituency.
Source: Daily Mail GH