The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has directed the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to immediately arm officers who are on traffic duty.

He said James Oppong Boanuh should provide the officers with bullet-proof vests and helmets to enable them “exercise their right to self-defence effectively when they meet such callous and barbaric persons”.

Five police officers have been killed in the line of duty within the last 30 days. Many security experts have attributed it to the lack of logistics for police personnel who ensure law and order in the country.

The latest is the gory killing of two policemen by some armed robbers on Wednesday.

This was after the officers tried to stop them at a checkpoint at Buduburam in the Central region.

The Minister told the family of the officer killed in the line of duty, Sgt Micheal Dzamesi, that he died as a hero for peace and was very professional.

“Even at the point of death, he told children to take cover so they are not in harm’s way,” he said.

Eulogising the fallen officer, he thanked the family for producing a gallant man who served his country well urging them to be proud of him.

“His name will be in the history books of the police service forever for doing his work well and standing up for peace…we should not let Michael’s death discourage him but rather be an encouragement,” Mr Dery said.