The Police Administration has reminded members of the public of the prohibition of explosives in the country. It said the Executive Instrument (E.I) 21 of 1999 prohibits the manufacture, possession or carriage of any of the following categories of explosives.
They are fire crackers often known as knockouts, display of shells, artillery shells and ball as well as canister shells.
To ensure strict compliance with this provision, the police said personnel who would be deployed for special operations during the festive seasons would be tasked to arrest any person or group of persons who acted contrary to the instrument, for prosecution.
Police to arrest offenders
In a release issued in Accra yesterday and signed by the Director-General of the Police Public Affairs Directorate, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr David Ampah Bennin, said the service, while entreating prospective importers and dealers in such explosives to refrain from importing and selling them, it was also calling on members of the general public to desist from purchasing, possessing or using them.
“Members of the public who are already in possession of these prohibited explosives are therefore advised to deposit them with the police officer in charge of the nearest police station,” the statement said.
It entreated the general public to co-operate with the police for incident-free Christmas festivities.