DCOP George Akufo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has vowed to bring to justice those who besieged the Essiama Divisional District Police Headquarters on Friday, April 1, 2022, and damaged police property.
They allegedly damaged the station’s louvre blades, as well as the glass and windscreens of two parked buses and a pick-up truck.
Dr. Dampare mentioned this during a visit to Essiama and Nkroful in the Ellembele District of the Western Region with members of the Police Management Board and the Western Regional Police Command.
His visit comes just 24 hours after a group of people believed to be from Teleku-Bokazo and its environs surrounded the Essiama police station after one of their own, Andrew Donkor, was shot and killed by security officials in front of the Nkroful Magistrate’s court on Friday.
Dr. Dampare praised police officers at the Essiama Divisional District Police Headquarters for adopting the de-escalation technique to keep the situation under control, promising psychological assistance and stating that the police service will support them as long as they obey the regulations.
“Because of the challenges in reaching here earlier, we arrived only 12 hours after the tragedy.” Alternatively, we would have arrived at the time of the incident and walked alongside you to deal with it. But you did your best to de-escalate the situation, and as a result of what you did, we are seeing minimal interruption and fatalities. So we’ve come to congratulate and thank you.”
“It’s also to let you know that we’ll use every legal means at our disposal, slowly but surely, to pick every person who has been involved in this and deal with them in accordance with the law in such a way that they regret being a part of such an act so that it sends the strongest message to the rest of the community,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police and the Western Regional Police Command also paid a courtesy call and spoke with Nana Ainoo Kwagyan III, elders, and some community members in the Western Region at the Essiama Chief’s Palace.