The Cantonments Divisional Commander, Superintendent Peter Simon Akabati, has pointed out that his outfit cannot keep persons arrested for violating covid rules within his jurisdiction. This, according to him, was to avoid the spread of the virus.
“We can’t keep them Covid-19 rues breakers in our cells because their status regarding Covid-19 are not known to us,” the Cantonments police commander explained.
According to him, Cantonments divisional police headquarters last week arrested thirty seven (37) persons for violating the wearing of nose/face mask law, but were cautioned and asked to do the right thing.
Superintendent Peter Akabati made the observation on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, when his divisional headquarters benefited from the second phase of disinfection in police facilities in the country.
The two-day exercise (Tuesday, February 9 – Wednesday, February 10, 2021) is being led by Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
The exercise is targeted at disinfecting all police installations including cells, barracks and offices across the sixteen regions. And it is part of measures to combat the spread of the pandemic in police facilities.
In addition, the Cantonments divisional commander acknowledged that the disinfection exercise will ensure the safety of police officers as they discharge their constitutional mandated duties of protecting lives and properties and the inmates as well.
“This is the way to go to protect the police force as well inmates from contracting the virus. And therefore, I want to use this opportunity to applaud Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the leadership of the Ghana Police Service for such fruitful exercise,” he said.
On his part, the Greater Accra General Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) Mr Ernest Morgan Acquah, indicated that the two-day exercise was the second time his outfit had been engaged to disinfect all police facilities.
Explaining further, he said the exercise was in response to the Ghana Police Service’s call to disinfect all its installations such as barracks, cells and police stations as a way of safeguarding the lives of service personnel and inmates.
“It is important we step up our game to eliminate the virus in our various set-ups and environments to halt the spread of the virus in places including cells, barracks and police offices,” he added.
According to him, over one hundred and thirty (130) police installations would be disinfected within the Greater Accra Region.
Mr Morgan Acquah, however appealed to Ghanaians to continue adhering to all the covid protocols including the washing of hands with soaps, observing social distancing, use of sanitisers and wearing of nose/face masks at all times.
The exercise started in the early hours of Tuesday, 9th February, 2020 at the Kaneshie Police Divisional Headquarters where its offices and environment were disinfected.
Officers present expressed their gratitude and thanked Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the exercise.
The Zoomlion team further moved to the Accra Regional Police Headquarters, Darkuman Police Station, Neoplan Police Station, Korle-Bu Police Station and Dansoman Police Station.