6,000 security personnel deployed for Prez Akufo-Addo’s inauguration


President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President will be inaugurated Thursday, January 7, 202. In view of that, the Ghana Police Service have disclosed the security dispatch that will be available for protection at the inauguration.

The Police in a news release said six thousand security personnel will be released to provide security drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces and allied security agencies.

“The Police Administration has put in place security measures for the inauguration of the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Vice President-Elect, His Excellency Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; Speakers and Members of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic on 7th January 2021 at Accra,” the release said.

“Manpower Strength. Six thousand (6000) security personnel drawn from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Armed Forces and allied agencies will provide security to ensure protection of lives and properties and general maintenance of law and order for the inaugural ceremonies. This will be augmented by technology to ensure maximum security.”

The release also stated that all VVIPs who will be present at the ceremony would be provided “close protection as appropriate” as part of a “conducive security environment” at the inauguration.

The statement further advised the public to stay away from the immediate vicinity of the following locations in Accra on January 6-7, 2021: the entire State House Complex, Accra International Conference Centre; Accra Sports Stadium and the Black Star Square.

“These places would be secured and patrolled by security personnel. Crash barriers would also be mounted at certain areas to cordon off and control movements to these venues, with security personnel directing movement. Only persons bearing invitation cards or accreditation would be allowed entry into the specified venues on 6th or 7th January, 2021. Meanwhile, there would be overt and covert operations in the communities surrounding the State House Complex,” the release said.