Hoteliers urged to help fight terrorism

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) in-charge of the Volta Region, Mr Edward Oduro Kwateng has asked hotel operators to screen their clients thoroughly and pass any suspicious information on them to the police without delay.

This, he said, was a necessary move to forestall possible terrorist activities as the country heads for the polls in December 7.

DCOP Oduro Kwateng was opening a day’s seminar on ‘Crime Prevention at Workplaces, Home and the General Elections’ for about 50 selected participants from the hospitality industry, banks, other corporate bodies, public utility organisations and security groups from the region at Ho.

The seminar was meant to equip the participants with modern techniques and tips to prevent crimes in their premises and homes.

He pointed out that Ghana was vulnerable to terrorist attacks, saying terrorists could strike anywhere and anytime.

According to him, the recent agitation by the so-called Western Togoland secessionist group in the Volta Region and some parts of the Eastern Region had raised the risk of terrorist attacks in the country.

“It, therefore, calls for increased vigilance, awareness and personal safety,” the regional commander added.

DCOP Oduro Kwateng highlighted the need for corporate bodies such as banks, hotels, shopping malls, places of worship and businesses to commit greater resources and zeal towards preventing terrorist attacks and other forms of crime.

He touched on the forthcoming general elections and gave the assurance that the police had strategised on how to prevent violence before, during and after the elections.

He warned that the security agencies would deal decisively with people whose conduct undermined national security.

The participants were taken through Potential Terrorism and Related Activities, Personal Security Awareness, and Technology in Crime Fighting, among other topics.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho

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