Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, June 13, GNA - Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwasi Ofori, Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service in the
Greater Accra Region, has said fans should be ready to avail themselves for
rigorous checks in and around the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday June 16, as
Accra Hearts of Oak welcome Kumasi Asante kotoko in the semi-finals of the Tier
One of the Normalization Committee (NC) Special Competition.
ACP Ofori, with the growing sub regional security threats, it has become
necessary that each and every one including vehicles that would throng the
stadium on Sunday, were subjected to serious and well detailed scan before
entering the stadium.
Speaking at a
stake holders meeting held at the Accra Sports Stadium, he said the security of
the country remained paramount to the security forces, especially the police,
so they would go at any length in making sure fans enjoy the game in a peaceful
“We are going
to deploy a minimum of 300 police personnel to the stadium on that day
including all the units, where everybody would go through a body check,
“There is also
going to be a search for weapons with our metal detectors and search for banned
substances at vantage points in and around the stadium as well as cars that
would be coming to a range at the stadium”.
him, fans who would be coming with the aim of committing crimes should not make
any attempt as they would face the full rigors of the law.
Twumasi, Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), who was part
of the meeting together with officials from Bureau of National Investigation
(BNI), National Security, the Ambulance Service, Fire Service and some other
stake holders, said the May 9th disaster that claimed over 127 lives in 2001,
should never repeat itself and he was happy the security forces have teamed up
to make sure there was going to be an incident free game.
He said the
idea of having some BNI, National Security Personnel and the police in the
stands with supporters would help avert crime and hooliganism.
has ironed out some important things worth noting and I must commend the team
here for such a great insight as to what would be done.
“We have always
said the May 9th incident should be a thing of the past and with the pragmatic
approach you have taken, we would go a long way to eradicate such vices in our
The match would
have over fifty military personnel, over three hundred police personnel, over
forty MTTD Personnel, as well as many officers from the Fire Service, National
Ambulance Team, Red Cross, Saint Johns Ambulance, National Security and the
public and motorists are to note that traffic would be closed at the Osu
Cemetery end of the stadium as well as the Ministries road, with only
accredited vehicles getting access into the stadium.