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22.01.2010 Regional News

Police laud Bongo Civic Union for promoting peace

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Bongo (UER), Jan. 21, GNA - The Bongo District Police Command in the Upper East Region, has commended the Bongo Civic Union(BODCU) for complementing the role of the Police in maintaining peace in the area.

The District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Anani made the commendation during a forum on "Good Governance and Human Rights" organised by BODCU at Bongo.

He said due to the educational programmes undertaken by BODCU, majority of the people now knew what constitutes a crime and its consequences, thereby reducing the crime rate in the area.

He said negative cultural practices that were against the law including female genital mutilation, elopement and widowhood rites had reduced drastically.

ASP Anani said due to the awareness created by BODCU people now report criminal cases to the police and not to the traditional authorities.

He noted that the people also co-operate with the police by not resisting arrests and volunteering information, which had led to the clamp down of criminals.

ASP Anani expressed dissatisfaction about the spate of indiscipline on the road especially motor riders who disobey traffic regulations and ride without helmets, registration numbers, license and other requirements.

He said the police would soon embark on an exercise to arrest and prosecute the offenders.

The District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Mr. Amos Ayuure warned the community members who lynched people alleged to be witches or wizards to desist from the practice since it was against their fundamental human rights and said the offenders would be dealt with drastically when arrested.

Mr. Pius Agunguma-Gaara, President of BODCU commended Ibis West Africa for sponsoring the programme meant to advocate Good Governance, Human Rights and Freedom of the Individual.

He said the organisation had also carried out series of educational activities on the need for the people to honour their tax obligations and other civic responsibilities.


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