Wednesday, July 8, 2009

10,000 Cops Deployed For Obama's Visit

Ten thousand police personnel are to be deployed to ensure law and order during the visit of the United States President, Mr Barack Hussien Obama, to the country. The personnel to be deployed would be dressed in both mufti and uniforms. Mr Daniel Avorga, the Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic, said the police were leaving nothing to chance.“We don’t want unscrupulous persons to take undue advantage of the visit of the US President to either steal or rob people of their personal effects. We want to ensure that everybody goes about his or her activities peacefully during President Obama’s visit,” he said. Mr Obama is expected to pay a two-day state visit to Ghana from Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, 2009.The US President would be accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and other government officials.During his visit, President Obama will hold bilateral talks with his Ghanaian counterpart, President John Evans Atta Mills, aimed at strengthening the fraternal relations existing between the two countries. The US President and his delegation will also visit the Cape Coast Castle. Mr Avorga disclosed further that the police would henceforth arrest and prosecute drivers who would be caught watching movies in their vehicles.“The practice is now becoming fashionable as people want to display their wealth. These people do not only endanger their own lives, but endanger the lives of other road users,” he said. He pointed out that the exercise would affect drivers who had mounted mini television sets on their dashboards and installed mini DVD/VCD players.He said the practice of watching movies and driving at the same time was dangerous as it affected the concentration of the driver. Mr Avorga urged all those involved in the practice to stop before the law caught up with them. With regard to the war on tinted glasses, he said the exercise was still on, as the police continued to enforce law and order.

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