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The police in the Upper East Region have begun a 24-hour highway patrol on major routes in a bid to curb the high rate of robberies and other violent crimes.
The move comes after members of the Tomato Traders and Transporters Association embarked on a strike in February over failure to provide the with security to Burkina Faso.
The association said four of their members have been attacked and killed by robbers in the past few months due to lack of security on the road.
A statement issued by the police said: “The unit comprised a platoon of robust and psychologically prepared personnel for combat operation to ensure public safety and security in the region.”
“The acting Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare has given approval for the Upper East Regional Police Command to immediately establish a 24-Hour Regional Highway Patrol Unit in the Upper East Region to deal with Highway robberies and other violent crimes.
“The Upper East Regional police command assure the public of enhanced security arrangement to counter violent crimes in region,” the statement said.