The Northern Regional Police Commander has revealed a sharp rise in the proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the area.
DCOP Adusei Sarpong’s revelation followed the killing of four persons by unknown assailants at Najong number 1, a community in the Bunkprugu/Yunyoo district.
Addressing the media in Tamale, the police chief revealed that, “Police is aware that there are a number of unregistered weapons in the system, and day in day out people try to bring in more.”
He, however, allayed the fears of the public, saying, “Our intensification of searches at the various checkpoints has served as disincentive for criminals, but there are people who are daring and would like to do everything possible to outwit the police.
Be assured and I assure the public, that the police will do our possible best to make the region safer for law-abiding citizens.”
DCOP Adusei Sarpong recalled the arrest of some six suspected arms smugglers by the Gambaga divisional command to buttress his point of a proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the region.
“On the 8th December 2017 in the morning at about 10:00 o’clock, Gambaga police arrested a Nissan patrol with registration number GE5433-16 with six passengers on board including a woman.”
“Upon a search conducted in the vehicle, six pump action guns with 130 BB cartridges were found in the car, and all the occupants were then arrested and brought to the regional police command for investigations.”
He said all the suspects have been transferred to the police CID headquarters for further investigations.
“In view of the seriousness of the case especially with the recent use of weapons in Northern Region, the case is been transferred to the CID headquarters for further investigations.
Forensic investigations need to be conducted on the weapons, and that is why the case has been transferred to the police CID