The Tema Regional Police Command seized over 200 motorbikes during a swoop in Ashaiman on Monday.
The operation forms part of the Command’s 2017 Operational Plan to clamp down on criminal activities.
Speaking in an interview with Atinka News, Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng explained that investigations revealed that most robbery cases reported within Ashaiman and its environs pointed to the use of motor bikes by these robbers.
A decision was therefore taken by the Police Command to embark on this unexpected exercise to seize motor bikes and request owners to provide documentation to confirm their ownership.
According to ASP Juliana Obeng, the police administration will hand over the motorbikes to the respective owners after they submit proof of ownership.
Meanwhile, motor riders who seem to be confused in the whole exercise were fuming with anger when Atinka News got to the scene.
Spokesperson for the Ashaiman Motor Riders Association, Solomon Akpanaba in an interview with Atinka News described the conduct of the police officers as a disgrace to the police service.
“They were just seizing motorbikes. Someone had parked his bike and was buying porridge and minutes later the police had come for his motorbike. Another man took his son to school and had parked in front of the school but the police officers seized the motorbike. What offence have these people committed? Why would you seize a motorbike without the rider’s knowledge,” Mr. Akpanaba questioned?
Mr. Solomon Akpanaba claims there have instances the Police claim their motorbikes will be given to them after proof of ownership but that has not been the case in many cases .
Our Tema Regional Correspondent Philip Azu who visited the premises of the Regional Command where the motorbikes were kept, reported that most of the riders are irritated by the operation conducted by the police.
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