Five AK-47 rifles and 100 rounds of ammunition are missing from the armoury of the Tamale Police Station; this is according to the Auditor-General’s report.
The non-existence of the arms and ammunitions was discovered by Auditors when they inspected the armoury.
There was no information as to the whereabouts of these rifles.
Sources say, the rifles and the ammunition were issued to officers as part of Operation Calm Life, but have not been returned.
On February 5, 2018, government launched ‘Operation Calm Life’ to combat criminal activities in the Northern Region.
About 300 security personnel were drawn from all the law enforcement agencies and put together for the initiative.
The move is to augment the patrols of security personnel in the wake of armed robbery attacks, political vigilantism, as well as chieftaincy and land disputes in the area.
The armourer told auditors that management had referred the case to the Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for investigation.
However, as at the time of the audit in August, 2020, the CID could not provide the audit team with the status of the investigation being carried out to ensure the successful retrieval of the rifles.
The auditors directed the Regional Police administration to conduct an urgent and thorough investigation and mete out sanctions where appropriate.