The Inspector-General of Police has withdrawn an order for the development of a deployment strategy of the lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Obuasi.
This is according to a police communique sighted by Citi News. The communique said, “further directives on the contents will be issued in due course.”
An earlier document from the police sighted by Citi News 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.”
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.”