Police Public Affairs Director, Supt Sheilla Abayie-Buckman

Police Public Affairs Director, Supt Sheilla Abayie-Buckman has said the recent wireless message warning about possible attacks on Ghanaians by Burkinabe bandits is not a cause for alarm.

According to her, there have been several such messages in the past and the Ghana Police Service is up to the task in averting the possibility of such occurrence. Therefore, everyone should be on the alert and report strangers found in their communities.

“The communication you saw is one of the several communications that have been going on and will continue to go on in different forms. It is no cause for alarm, it should put everyone on the alert,” she said.

The wireless message which circulated three days ago, indicated that Burkinabe bandits suspected to own military-grade weapons, may have already infiltrated some yet to be identified areas, and planning attacks on Ghana.

Speaking to the media after the passing out of police recruits from the Police Public Safety Training school at Pwalugu in the Upper East region, Supt Sheilla Abayie-Buckman encouraged citizens to report any suspicious character in their areas to the police.

“In the Upper East Region, we know that we have the borders that people can come through. We are friendly people and so we welcome strangers and visitors like our own.

“This is a wake-up call that when we see people that we do not know, we will enquire and possibly report their movements and activities to the security services for action.”

Ghanaians at the border town of Paga in the Upper East Region, have been calling on the government to intensify security in that area to ensure their security.

But the Police Director of Public Affairs noted that the regular number of uniformed men at the border areas does not necessarily indicate a lack of security presence.

“I want to assure you that there is maximum security in the Upper East Region, there is maximum security in Ghana.

“We continue to pick intelligence from time to time and some of them are based on the typography of crime happening across the sub-region so when information is picked and processed into intelligence, actions are taken.”

She stressed that together with the passing out of the new officer, the general public should rest assured of their safety.

 “Thankfully, today, over 2000 police officers have passed out. They will go through different forms of training to beef up the numbers even to increase visibility across the country.”