President John Evans Atta Mills yesterday directed the security agencies to declare war on crime in the country and in particular, comprehensively investigate the recent alleged robbery incident in which the robbers were said to have ordered the male victims to rape the female victims.
The President, who summoned his security chiefs to the Castle over a number of security concerns, charged them to find ways of dealing decisively with the seeming resurgence of armed robbery in parts of the country.
He described as very worrying and inhuman, the latest report of a highway robbery in which the armed robbers, after robbing passengers on the Tamale-bound bus at Jama near Kintampo, at gun point, are said to have ordered the male passengers to have sex with the female passengers.
According to the report, a father was forced to have sex with her 14-year-old daughter.
His call for investigations into that incident stemmed from the fact that the police had so far not traced any incident of robbery on the Kintampo road.
“We have to investigate the veracity of that incident for Ghanaians to know the truth,” he told the security chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Peter Augustine Blay, National Security Coordinator, Lt. Col. Larry Gbevlo Lartey, Defence Minister Lt. Gen. (rtd), J.H. Smith and Deputy Interior Minister, Appiah Kubi.
In his initial remarks before the meeting was closed to the press, President Mills said his administration took a serious view of that alleged robbery incident, and that there was a need to expose and punish the originators of that story if the report was found to be untrue.
“The investigation will let us know whether that really happened. If it didn’t happen, then we have to find ways of preventing cases of this nature,” he said.
President Mills commended the security agencies for their efforts, but advised them not to relent in their efforts in dealing decisively with the incidence of robbery.
Koku Anyidoho, Director of Communications at the Presidency, briefing the press on the outcome of the meeting, said the IGP informed the President that no victims of the alleged robbery near Kintampo have been identified.
He said the IGP indicated that checks from police stations along the Kintampo route have no indications of any robbery, while no health facilities in the area have admitted robbery victims.
“This is a serious matter and the President want the security agencies to dig deep into the matter,” Mr. Anyidoho said.
He said in view of the drastic reduction in crime over the past months, the President finds it necessary for the security agencies to place the crime situation under firm control and he reassured them of government’s continued support to enable them to effectively fight crime.