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 By Jerry Azanduna, GNA

www.ghanareaders.com

Techiman (BE/R), Feb. 24, GNA – Commissioner of Police (CoP)

Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, the Executive Director,

Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has expressed

worry about the rate at which some young Ghanaians were being

lured into organised and  cybercrime activities.  

COP Addo-Danquah expressed this concern when she paid a

courtesy call on Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, the Bono East Regional

Minister at his office at Techiman as part of her one-day working visit

to the region.  

She said the youth though were the driving force for national

development, but the situation was becoming alarming.  

The Executive Director therefore suggested the need for stakeholders

to make concerted efforts to address the situation because the future

of the country’s political and socio-economic stability, security and

sustainability was at stake.

COP Addo-Danquah said EOCO was in collaboration with the

National Cybercrime Authority, the National Communication

Authority and other stakeholders to redirect the attention of the youth

from cybercrime and other nefarious activities to life changing

ventures that would benefit them in the future.

She said with collaborative efforts cybercrime would become a thing

of the past to enhance the good and positive image of the country.

In response, Mr Adu-Gyan assured the Regional Coordinating

Council’s commitment to provide the regional EOCO office with the

needed support to enable it to deal decisively with organised crime

and related issues in the region.                                                         

COP Addo-Danquah later called on Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV,

the Paramount Chief of Techiman Traditional Area and members of

the Techiman Traditional Council.

Oseadeeyo Ameyaw IV appealed to EOCO to collaborate with the

Financial Intelligence Centre, the Bank of Ghana, National Security

and National Communication Authority to clamp down on ‘Ponzi’

schemes ravaging the nation’s financial markets.

He cited the collapse of Menzgold, DKM, God is Love and some

others in recent years which caused considerable financial loss to

many individuals and families in the country.  

The Economic and Organised Crime Office is a specialized agency

set to monitor and investigate economic and organised crime and on

the authority of the Attorney-General, prosecute these offences to

recover the proceeds of crime and provide for related matters.

The scope of its work covers issues of financial or economic loss to

the Republic or any State entity or institution in which the State has

financial interest, money laundering, human trafficking, prohibited

cyber activity, tax fraud and other serious offences.  

GNA

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