The Ghana Police Service has called on persons possessing firearms illegally to submit them to the authorities.
According to the police, such arms should be taken to the Police or the Small Arms Commission.
The call comes after four persons were arrested by the Eastern Regional Police Command for possessing and discharging firearms at a funeral ceremony at Sekesua in the region.
The four are: Enoch Donkor aged 22, John Ashiley aged 22, Adema Eugene aged 35 and Kwaku Asare also 22 year.
According to a statement from the Police Service, the four fired sporadically which tended to irritate mourners.
At the sight of the police, the four bolted but were later arrested at Akatekpor with the help of some youth.
The police say the suspects will be charged with illegal possession of arms and discharging of firearms and ammunition without permission.
Below is the full release:
Four Arrested for Unlawful Possession and Discharge of Firearm.
The Police in the Eastern Region have arrested four young men for possessing and discharging firearms and ammunition without permission at Sekesua in the same region. The four who earlier fled from Police at Sekesua and at Otrokper check point, were arrested at Akatekpor with the help of the youth.
They are Enoch Donkor aged 22, John Ashiley aged 22, Adema Eugene aged 35 and Kwaku Asare also 22 years. Suspects fired sporadically at a burial service of a young woman at Sekesua resulting in distress calls from mourners to Police but suspects fled in a Toyota Corolla Saloon car with registration number GG 1226-16 when they saw the Police arriving at the service.
At Otrokper police checkpoint, suspects were signaled to stop but they rather opened fire and fled into a nearby bush abandoning their car. With the help of some youth of Akatekpor, a neighbouring community, Police arrested the four suspects. Suspects will be charged with all the crimes committed.
This is another wake up call to those who possess firearms without authority to return them to the Police or as directed by the Small Arms Commission. Also, people are reminded that unauthorized firing is a crime, be it at burials, funerals or any other event. The Police will continue to count on well-meaning citizens and residents such as the youth of Akatekpor to weed out criminals.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini