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KUMASI ZONGO YOUTH PLEDGE TO SUPPORT POLICE IN FIGHTING CRIME

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Worried about the escalation of crime in Ghana and zongo areas in particular, members of the Zongo Youth Association in Kumasi have appealed to the Ashanti Regional Police Command to remain resolute in the fight against drug peddling and other criminal activities.

Worried about the escalation of crime in Ghana and zongo areas in particular, members of the Zongo Youth Association in Kumasi have appealed to the Ashanti Regional Police Command to remain resolute in the fight against drug peddling and other criminal activities.

 

They observed that the influx of illicit drugs into zongo communities has contributed immensely to feelings of fear and panic that have spread across the nation, caused by armed robbers, kidnappers, cyber-criminals, land guards and political vigilantes.

Antisocial attitudes

Speaking to the press in Kumasi, the association condemned a violent clash among youth gangs which led to the death of one person in Aboabo last week.

The secretary of the group, Mohammed Habib, attributed the violence, among other antisocial attitudes, to a growing trend of drug abuse among young zongo dwellers.

“The influx of illicit drugs and peddling in our zongo communities are the major contributing factors in violence and gangsterism. The situation has become catastrophic to every aspect of our social development,” Mr Habib lamented.

The group also condemned the killings of a policewoman in Tamale and two male police officers at Kasoa which shocked the whole nation.

“The integrity of our police officers should be respected. The unwarranted attacks on our police officers should cease to enable them to protect us,” Mr Habib said.

The group wants the government to expedite action on adequately equipping the security agencies for better protection of themselves and the citizenry.

Work together

The group further reiterated its total support for the police and other security agencies in their efforts to flush out drug pedlars and other criminal elements in the zongo communities.

“We call on all mandated institutions, especially the police, to stand firm and collaborate with the zongo youth to help flush out any identified drug pedlar in our zongo communities,” Mr Habib said.