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 are 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 were the driving force for national development but the situation was making them addicted to the menace at the peril of their lives.
The EOCO Executive Director therefore suggested the need for stakeholders to make concerted effort to address that because the future of the country’s political and socio-economic stability, security and sustainability was at stake.
CoP Addo-Danquah stated 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 hoped with the collaborative effort 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 support needed 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 caused considerable financial loss to many individuals and families in the country.
The Economic and Organised Crime Office is a specialized agency 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.