The Yendi Municipal Divisional Crime Officer, DSP Mr Joseph Guaino, has urged the public to endeavour to provide information on activities of suspicious persons in their respective communities to help in investigations.
He said the police were always prepared to ensure the security and safety of the public against activities of criminals who visited terror on businesses, including mobile money vendors and other financial institutions.
Mr Guaino warned that criminals would be made to face the full rigours of the law when apprehended and gave the assurance that the identity of informants would be protected.
He was speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of financial institutions in the Yendi Municipality in the Northern Region.
It was organised by TA-HA Entreprise, a financial institution operating in the region.
The Chief Executive Officer of TA-HA Entreprise, Mr Ziblim Iddrisu Baba, advised the people to patronise electronic banking instead of keeping physical cash in the market or home.
He said apart from guarding them against robberies, electronic banking also protected their money from the rising incidents of fire outbreaks.
The CEO added that with the prevailing cases of highway robberies it was not also safe for travellers to carry money on them.
He said his company began operations in 2015 after he the CEO witnessed an incident in a public transport where another passenger was travelling a distance of over 83km from Karaga to Tamale to withdraw money.
“We decided to establish the company in order to be closer to the people to prevent them from travelling such long distances to save or cash money. It will also protect them against activities of criminals and accidents,” Mr Baba explained.
At the moment, the company has eight branches in Tamale, Yendi, Gushegu, Karaga and Saboba all in the Northern Region.
He said the branches rendered services such as Momo,E-Zwich and other electronic transactions to clients.
Chief Gumpal Lana Sumani Shei Sadik, in Yendi, appealed to the police to step-up their operations, especially within the Eastern corridor where he said there was increase in the activities of criminals who were attacking passengers and mobile money vendors.
He, however, advised the money vendors to be closing their services to the public by 5p.m. since most of the robbery incidents occurred at night.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Ampa Farms in Yendi, Mr Mohammed Kpermsin, who chaired the event, expressed appreciation to TA-HA entreprise for organising the meeting.
He cautioned customers of financial institutions to be careful of how they divulged information about their transactions to friends and relatives.