2020 polls: Be your professional best, don’t intimidate anybody – IGP to security personnel

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, has told personnel of the various security agencies to display professionalism devoid of intimidation in carrying out their duties on Election Day.

Speaking to the personnel at the Independence Square in connection with a joint march by all the security agencies on Thursday, 26 November 2020, Mr  Oppong-Boanuh, said: “This march is not meant to intimidate anybody but it’s to show everybody that we are prepared to protect all the citizens, all the residents and also to protect the ballot”.

“What we expect is for you to be professional, to attend to your duty but ensure that you are fair, you should not be intimidated by anybody, just as you are not going to intimidate anybody and, therefore, we expect that at the end of the day, we’ve done it before, we are capable of policing this election and, therefore, I urge all of you to put in your best”, he told the personnel of the Ghana Police Service; Ghana Armed Forces; Prisons Service; Ghana National Fire Service; Ghana Immigration Service; Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority; National Intelligence Bureau; National Ambulance Service and National Commission for Civic Education.

The peace march, named Tafia Lafiya, is to re-assure the public that the security services are prepared to provide the needed security for peaceful elections on 7 December 2020, to encourage public support for peace, rally round the Ghana flag and show force to potential troublemakers.

Areas earmarked for the march include all the capital cities of all regions of Ghana.

In the Greater Accra region, the parade will move on the following routes:

Route 1: Indece Square – Liberation Rd. – 37 – N1 – Weija – Kasoa – Oboom Road – Amasaman – Sowutuom – N1 – 37 Giffard Road;

Route 2: Indece Sq – Ako Adjei Int – Circle – Tesano – Achimota – Pokuase – Nsawam – Amasaman – Aburi – Frafraha – Madina – Legon;

Route 3: Indece Sq – Osu – La – Nungua – Lashibi – Sakumono – Comm19 – Spintex Road – Tetteh Quarshie –East Legon – Adjiriganor – Ashaley Botwe:

Route 4: Indece Sq – Accra Central – James Town – Agbogbloshie – Korle Bu – Saprobic – Dansoman – Kaneshie – Circle – Nima – Adabraka; and

Route 5: Tema areas: Michel Camp – Gbetsele – Afienya –Dahwenya – Tsopoli – Ningo – Prampram – Kpone – Tema – New Town – Ashaiman.

The police, in a statement, said due to the march, there will be vehicular traffic and diversions on streets of the areas earmarked, at certain times of the morning.

However, security personnel will be deployed to manage the traffic and diversions.

Ghanaians have been encouraged to cooperate by waving their miniature Ghana national flag in support of the peace march and in support of peace.




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