The new police arrangement is to provide security for the tomato traders who have been victims of armed robberies on the highway
Police personnel will now escort tomato transporters and traders on the Tamale – Bolgatanga highway to protect them from armed robbers.
This is in response to rampant targeted attacks on tomato trucks and traders on the highways.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has already deployed armed men from the counter-terrorism and other units of the Ghana Police Service to secure the various routes.
These attacks led to a street protest in Kumasi by the tomato traders and truck drivers who called for enhanced security after some members were killed and others injured by the robbers.
Speaking after meeting with leadership and members of the Ghana National Tomato Transporters and Importers Association in Kumasi, deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP David Agyemang Adjem, appealed to the traders to remain calm as the police work tirelessly to address their concerns.
Meanwhile, chairman of the association, Eric Tuffuor, described the move as welcoming but said the association will engage the police to ensure that its members are protected.