Central Regional Police Command has swooped on criminals at Ntsin, a suburb of Cape Coast, known as the hideout of criminals and most criminal activities in the municipality.
The fishing community and it surroundings have become notorious in the municipality over the years as the centre of every crime related offence in the area with the criminals always matching the police boot-for-boot in any attempt to get rid of them.
But they were overpowered this time around as the police arrested eight notorious criminals and retrieved weapons including all forms of gadgets from the various ghettos in the area used by the criminals.
Briefing the media during a press conference after the exercise in Cape Coast last Wednesday, Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Rev. Ampah Benin, disclosed that all wooden ghetto structures were burnt by his men in the process.
This, he said, was done to prevent them from reviving their criminal activities.
“Before I came here I was briefed that Ntsin was a no go area and that I shouldn’t try but I told myself that I will disorganise and destabilise their hideout and make sure that I flash them out from Cape Coast,” he stressed.
He revealed that his outfit was able to chalk this feat using intelligence they had gathered, adding that there will be another swoop which he described as the mother of all swoops at an unannounced date at eight different flashpoints to minimise and eventually rid the region of crime.
He explained that the Central Region has now become a hotspot and hiding place for most criminals from Ashanti, Eastern and Western Regions when they are fleeing, hence the need for the exercise to signal to them that the region was now not safe for them.
He pointed out that although some of the suspects fled on seeing the police by jumping into the sea and later swimming to safety, his team was able to arrest some of them. These, he disclosed included Ekow Bentil, 18, Agbovie Mensah, 22, Emmanuel Amoah, 21, Ekow Ewusie,21 and Mustapha Mohammed, 53.
They were also able to confiscate 123 pieces of wrapped herbs suspected to be narcotics, ten knives, 24 pairs of scissors, hammer, crow bar, chisel, tape recorder, television set, materials used to administer narcotic drugs, six lighters, 27 CDs and a taxi cab with registration number GT 5383-12 believed to be used for stealing goats, he revealed.
The suspects, he pointed out, have been detained for further investigations and will subsequently be arraigned before court for prosecution.
Story: From Magdalene Abrobrah, Cape Coast, Central Region