A policy to reduce weapons in possession of the civilian population within the Northern Region has become a fiasco according to the Northern Regional Police Commander.
The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in collaboration with police administration as part of measures to bring lasting peace to the area in 2009, introduced the policy for armed residents to surrender their guns in return for cash.
It followed confession by the leadership of the two major political parties, NPP and the NDC at the time that their members had in their possession sophisticated weapons.
DCOP Ken Yeboah shockingly revealed to ultimatefmonline.com several years after its introduction that no single gun or ammunition has been surrendered to his outfit contrary to what had been anticipated.
“As we speak, no single weapon has been surrendered to the police even though the ban on possession of weapons in parts of the region is still in force, “he revealed.
He hinted of education to appeal to conscience of residents on the need to eschew violence and embrace peace since it is a prerequisite for development.
DCOP Yeboah urged politicians from the Northern part of the country to help create conducive environment for progress and said all trouble makers would be dealt with no matter their political affiliations.
He said “The security personnel would be arresting all trouble makers and they would not be asking them of their political affiliation.
“We should not make the Northern Region a warfare area. We have already been tagged with a bad name because of conflicts and this is the time to tell ourselves that enough is enough and cooperate with the security apparatus to bring peace,’ he stated.