The Ashanti Regional Police Command has banned the use of fire crackers popularly known as ‘knock -out’ during the yuletide for security reasons.
The police expressed fear that miscreants will take advantage of the festivities and engage in various criminal activities which will distract police attention.
‘The public is advised to take note of this announcement and comply with it accordingly,’ they noted.
To ensure full compliance on the ban of fire crackers by people who sale or use fire crackers, the police command has setup taskforce to arrest traders in this business.
‘The public is cautioned that a task force has been formed to visit the various market centers, search, seize and arrest anyone found selling or using these fire crackers to serve as deterrent to others who would want to do same in the near future,’ they warned.
Addressing Journalists at a press conference in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye explained that ‘recently there have been lots of knock-outs in the metropolis, we want to remind the public that the ban is still in force, within a day or two, the police will go round the market, when the police arrest sellers, nobody should come and plead that they just brought them from abroad. The law has been in force for a long time, so we don’t want anybody to bring them into the market’.
He urged the public to cooperate with the police to fight crime, ensure peace and security before, during and after Christmas and New Year celebration.
He further entreated the public to remain vigilant in their workplaces, homes and public places in order not to fall prey to criminals.