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Eastern Regional Police Command remembers fallen personnel

BY: Pacome Emmanuel Damalie
COP Anderson Fosu-Ackah, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, laying a wreath on behalf of the Ghana Police Service and the Eastern Regional Police Command
COP Anderson Fosu-Ackah, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, laying a wreath on behalf of the Ghana Police Service and the Eastern Regional Police Command

The Eastern Regional Police Command has held a memorial service in honour of departed colleagues who died in the line of duty.

At the short ceremony held at the forecourt of the Eastern Regional Police Command last Wednesday, the six departed heroes since 2016, including General Constable Chris Quarshie of the Koforidua Division who died last year; General Corporal Nathaniel Afriyie Marfo and General Lance Corporal Balatinang Katapranang Kwasi, who were both at the Nkawkaw Division and died in 2017 and 2021 respectively, were once again remembered.

The rest were Lance Corporal Alhassan Asare and General Lance Corporal Joseph Yankey, all stationed at the Akyem Oda Division who were killed in 2019 and 2020 respectively and General Sergeant William Seworkpor and General Sergeant Moses Tetteh Nartey, both stationed at the Asamankese Division, who died in 2016 and 2021 respectively.

As part of the ceremony, the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, laid a wreath on behalf of the President and the nation while the Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, laid one on behalf of the Police Administration and the Eastern Regional Police Command.

Also, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of New Juaben North, Comfort Asante, laid a wreath on behalf of the traditional authorities while a widow, Abigail Oppong, who lost her husband two years ago also laid one on behalf of the families of the departed servicemen.

The ceremony was well attended by the personnel of the police service and heads of other sister security services, including the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Fire Service, and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).


Families

A relative to General Constable Chris Quarshie, who died last year at the Akwadum Barrier on the Koforidua-Suhum road after he was knocked down at post by a vehicle, Alexander Odei, lamented the handling of the issue and said the family had not received the due recompense.

He added that since the death of his brother, the family had gone back and forth for the welfare package, including going to the Attorney General's Department for justice to be served, all to no avail.

Albeit, he said that the family might be satisfied, if the Ghana Police Service rolled out a system to have a qualified person from the family to replace their lost relative in the Ghana Police Service as compensation.

A widow of one of the lost police officers, Abigail Oppong, however, said she had received the welfare package, though she found it inadequate. She said she had given herself to hard work to be able to cater for her children.

Security

The Eastern Regional Minister said security in the region had improved and the crime rate was currently low.

He sympathised with families that had lost relatives and urged them to remain strong and supportive of each other.