Armed Robbers Menacing Commuters to and from Kumawu

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The armed robberies known to be taking place on the Kumawu-Wonoo to Akotosu stretch of the Kumawu to Effiduase road does never seem to abate.

Information reaching me from a number of credible persons in Kumawu indicates the seriousness of the menacing armed robberies still going on in Kumawu. This was confirmed by a driver yesterday, Sunday, 8 March 2020, to a woman who had gone to Ghana from abroad on holiday.

There are some people who are ready to come out publicly to tell how they have become victims to the armed robbers within the last few weeks or months.

However, the Kumawu District Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Addai Agyekum, and the Police Inspector in Kumawu, are living in denial regarding the ongoing incidents of armed robbery.

The DCE goes on radio to announce that there are no armed robberies taking place in Kumawu on that stretch of road. His assertion is supported by the Police Inspector.

Nonetheless, there are people in Kumawu who have recently become victims of armed robbery on the road and are ready to come public with their ordeal. What then are the DCE and the Police Inspector talking about?

I understand the DCE has threatened that anyone who mentions that there are armed robberies going on in Kumawu will be arrested for they are disgracing Kumawu. I am sure this misfit in the position of DCE is sick in his head.

People are being robbed and molested at gunpoint, yet this DCE incapable of doing anything about it, feels it’s easier and convenient for him to brush it under the carpet, topped up by gagging the victims and the people of Kumawu.

Being a DCE is not about frequenting radio stations to lie about the reality on the ground.

I am personally by this publication conveying to the attention of the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Bornuah, to order investigations into why armed robberies are taking place in Kumawu but the DCE and the Police Inspector are denying the fact.

Again, could the police be ordered to conduct intensified random patrols on the road to ensure the safety and protection of the commuters?

The robberies do take place mostly on Thursdays and Fridays when people are attending funerals or attending the Bodomase market, I am told.

Commuters and drivers don’t feel safe travelling along that stretch of road from 17:00 (5pm) of everyday till the next morning, most of them say.

Let it be noted that there is a police barrier near Yaw Asoadwa Nkwanta within the vicinity of where the robberies occur a lot; the police are only there at night. The robbers carry out their nefarious activities way ahead of the police attending duty at the barrier.

SUGGESTIONS:

The chiefs in the area must organise local vigilante groups to ambush the robbers. They can use their licensed shotguns when patrolling the area from the bushes and surely, they stand a better chance of apprehending the robbers or dealing a deadly blow to the armed robberies once and for all.

The robbers are alleged to be of Fulani extraction.

Rockson Adofo

Monday, 9 March 2020

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