Following the execution of an eviction notice, a landlord locked up the CPC Police Station in Krofrom in the Ashanti Region. Residents have reportedly been denied access to general police services, such as the charge office, criminal records, and the issue of police clearance certificates, among other things, according to a report by Onuaonline.com. According to rumors, the Ghana Police Service’s outstanding rent arrears are what prompted the landlord to decide to lock up the buildings housing the police station.
The police administration received an eviction notice about three years ago, and little did we know that the deadline for the eviction was ending in July 2022. Kwaku Appiah, an Assembly member for the CPC Electoral Area, who is reported to have confirmed the situation, stated that “the police station has been operational for over thirty years and it has been housed in the said home at CPC by the same landlord.”
The closure of the police station has been met with conflicting reactions from the people of Krofrom CPC. Despite the fact that the neighborhood has been identified as a crime hotspot, some locals claim the police station was nothing more than a waste of space that increased violence in the neighborhood.
Following the decommissioning of the police station, several of the locals are alleged to have entered a frenzy of jubilation. The police station, according to the joyful locals, did not fulfill its mandate as local crime rates skyrocketed. Therefore, Kwaku Appiah has pleaded for the construction of a police station in the CPC area in an interview with Kumasi-based Akoma FM to prevent what is currently a security danger in the area designated as a crime hotspot. Meanwhile, a structure that was intended to house a police station for the residents of Krofrom and the surrounding area is reported to have been vacant for more than 15 years.
The building formed part of an abandoned market project which was supposed to help reduce congestion at the Central Business District of Kumasi. The abandoned Krofrom Market which sits on a six-acre land is supposed to house over 2,304 single stalls, three shopping blocks, banks, fire stations, retail outlets, leisure centres, warehouses, offices, clinics as well as police stations. However, the abandoned project is said to have become a safe haven for criminals and a brothel for prostitutes, contributing to the crime rate and insecurity in the area.