Incidents of rampant broad daylight armed robbery attacks that rocked residents of Garu and Tempane in the Upper East Region a couple of months ago, have been brought under control; that is according to the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Garu, Emmanuel Asore Avoka.
It would be recalled that in December last year, one person was shot dead at Wuriyanga when four armed robbers attacked and robbed a branch of GN Bank in the area. There were similar attacks in adjoining communities including Basuende where a Mobile Money Merchant was killed and others sustained injuries. No arrests were made in any of those attacks.
But, according to DCE Avoka, the deployment of more police officers and the opening of more police posts at strategic places within the area have brought the situation under control. He says: “Security was a very huge problem when I came as the DCE. You could find in the Garu-Tempane area, within a week, people killed at gunpoint and people’s money taken away at the entrance of banks and bank officers were held to ransom and huge sums of money taken away.”
In his attempts to control the situation, the DCE said he engaged the Regional Minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari, opinion leaders, the police command together with the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and they discussed and agreed that more police personnel be sent to the area. Subsequently, additional police posts were opened at the northern entrance of the district, at Wurinyanga leading to Togo and another at Bugre leading to Pusiga through into Togo. He added that these were the outlets the criminals used to enter and rob and used same to exit.
Mr. Avoka observed that after these initiatives, the assembly also provided for the police, their logistic needs and they now undertake 24- hour patrols all over the district and all these strategies put together have brought the situation under control.