The Inspector General Of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh has expressed sympathy for the bereaved family and colleague workers of the two Obuasi Divisional Police Officers who drowned in the Oda River and lost their lives last week.
“Even though we are mourning our beloved lost souls but that should not hinder is from performing our duties as an institution that provides the nation with security,” said the IGP.
The IGP said this when he visited Obuasi yesterday.
“The Municipal Chief Executive and the District Chief Executive for both the Obuasi East and Obuasi West have also expressed how grateful they are with the protection the police give to the people of Obuasi,” he added.
The two officers, Lance Corporal Akwasi Boateng and Stephen Kyeremeh according to reports were pursuing some suspected criminals in the area when the canoe ferrying them capsized.
The criminals during the hot chase were believed to have crossed the river to the other side leaving the officers with no choice than to follow them. But their canoe which capsized midway through the chase.
Residents of the area told a different story, saying they were going to extort money from people who were carrying out illegal mining activities at the area.