Regional News of Monday, 9 July 2012

Source: citifmonline

Intensify border patrols - Small Arms Commission

The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms say the tightening of border controls has given the state security agencies more control over the arms trade across the Ghana’s borders.

According to the Commission, the intensification of border and town patrols is crucial as it will help curb the importation of small arms and also maintain order as the nation draws closer to the December elections.

Speaking to Citi News, the Senior Programmes Officer of the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms, Johnson Asante-Twum stated that the security services will have to constantly revise their methods to effectively fight crime and stop the proliferation of arms into the country.

“In the last few months, we’ve had about three or four arrests in terms of arms coming in and out of the country so this should tell you to re-strategize and re-focus your operations,” he noted.

According to him, this will ensure that loop holes which were available to such miscreants in bringing in their weapons are closed.

Mr. Asante-Twum urged the security agencies to be on the alert to prevent them from being outwitted, adding that “criminals are always one step ahead of the security agencies.”**