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IGP withdraws lockdown operation order to personnel

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The Inspector-General of Police has withdrawn an order for a lockdown operation in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Obuasi over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

This is according to an internal police communique sighted.

The communique said, “further directives on the contents will be issued in due course.”

An earlier document from the police sighted indicated that police was putting a strategy in place for a lockdown.

The police were to be supported by the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Immigration Service and the Bureau of National Investigation.

The joint operation highlighted a number of roads and areas that were to be “sealed” during the lockdown.

In Accra for example, the Accra to Winneba route, the Accra to Kumasi route, the Accra to Akropong route and the Accra to Dodowa route, among others were cited for blocking by security personnel.

In its threat analysis, the police service noted that there was the possibility of “agitations and adverse reactions against the lockdown order.”

It also said there was “the likelihood of criminal elements taking advantage of the lockdown to loot businesses, stores and shops.”

There were to be 24/7 roadblocks and snap checkpoints to ensure compliance with the lockdown.

The police were also to conduct “robust day and night patrols to enforce directives” per its strategy.

All persons disregarding the lockdown faced arrest and prosecution.

Manpower for the lockdown
In view of this, the police service planned to “deploy all available uniform and plain cloth personnel for the operations.”

The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) was to deploy “all traffic personnel to manage and enforce the lockdown.”

The National Patrol Department was to release 200 personnel “including senior police officers and inspectorate to support the exercise.”

The Criminal Investigation Department was also directed to released 400 personnel.

Other parts of the service expected to provide manpower were the Operations department, the Police Hospitals, the Chief Staff Officer and the Regional Commanders.

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