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THE chiefs and people of the Northern Region have called on the Inspector-General of Police to resource the police in the region with more personnel and equipment to enable them sustain the fragile peace in the area.The Regent of Gukpagu, Alhaji Abdulai Ziblim who made the call attributed the increasing rate of violence recorded in the region to the inadequacy of logistics and police personnel to cope with situations.
He was speaking at his residence, when the IGP, Mr Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong called on him and his elders at the weekend.
This is the first visit to the region by Mr Acheampong since assuming office as the IGP early this year.
The Regent expressed regret that of late Ghanaians openly disobey the laws of the country and show gross disrespect towards the security agencies.
Alhaji Ziblim cited a case at Yendi where a group of irate youth threatened to burn down the district police station, as well as other reported cases of mob attacks on the police in the country, saying "these acts and threats by the youth may lead to chaos in the country."
The Regent therefore appealed to the IGP to come out with pragmatic and effective measures to address the problem now before it gets out of control.
Alhaji Ziblim suggested the need for the Police Service to mount a public education on the need for the people to regard the police as friends and a partner and co-operate with them to maintain peace.
He also expressed concern about the removal of the police barrier on the main Kintampo-Tamale road, explaining that it could increase criminal activities in the area.
Mr Acheampong commended the chiefs and people for co-operating with the security agencies in ensuring peace in the area.
He said it was important and proper for the public to recognize that police personnel were in there to maintain law and order and not to harm anyone.
Mr Acheampong called on the chiefs and the assemblies to assist in providing structures to house security agencies in their localities.
He explained that the government alone could not adequately provide facilities for the police, hence the need for the communities to help.
The IGP also paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique and inaugurated two police stations at Buipei and Mpaha in Central Gonja district.