Lockdown: Police Compelled To Use Force---DCOP Kofi Boakye
DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye has indicated that the security would be tough on people who flout the lockdown if persuasion fails to convince people to stay at home.
DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye the Director-General/Research and Planning at the Ghana Police Service said the directive from the President is to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
“The whole operation is supposed to be a humanitarian operation. But people are taking advantage of the exemptions to do whatever they like. Somebody buy one Kenkey and use it tour the whole city. Going forward we would look at our strategy and if our strategy is not able to contain what is happening now a time would come we may use force to enforce the directives.”
There are many instances where the lockdown directive and social distancing protocol have been flouted. The Chorkor Beach was parked over the weekend where revellers defy the lockdown directive and went partying. Forty persons have been arrested in Dzodze in the Volta Region for organizing Easter Party.
More Ghanaians are calling on the security personnel to be on top of their job by dealing with people who flout the directive to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Nana Yaw Fianko, a Broadcast Journalist with ATV wrote this on his Facebook Wall, “Now to our security men and women, start beating them and ignore the human right journalists. They are wicked talkative without Ghana at heart. The Bible agrees.”
Celebrated Broadcaster Kofi Okyere Darko also shared this on his wall, “I sincerely apologise for being one of the vocal people when you came across as being too harsh on some of the population. I’ve realized some of us are like animals and should be treated as such. Please unleash all the brute force just to get people to do the needful. Looking at the trend of positive cases, if we don’t take a proactive attitude towards it, we might become the epicenter of the pandemic in the sub-region. God forbid!”