Regional News of Monday, 27 May 2013
The Assembly woman for Kojo Beedu North Electoral Area, Ms Elizabeth Awo Senah, has expressed concern about the alarming rate of armed robbery cases in the area during the past two weeks.
She has, therefore, appealed to the Minister for the Interior and Energy to assist people to bring the situation under control.
Making the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday in Winneba, the Assembly woman said, within the past two weeks, the electoral area has recorded over seven armed robbery cases.
According Ms Senah at about 02.00 hours on May 1 this year, some armed robbers attacked a lecturer of the University of Education, Winneba whose name is being withheld for security reasons, at his residence at Ansaful East and stole his money, mobile phone and laptop computer after shooting him on his left arm.
Ms Senah said on May 7, 2013, at about 01.10 hours, armed robbers attacked the Hostel of Nananom Preparatory School at Ansaful East at gun-point and robbed the students of their money and other properties.
She said again on May 9 this year, between the hours of 0130 and 02.00 hours the robbers attacked a businesswoman, madam Georgina Appraku and subjected her to severe beatings before taking her money, lap top computer and other valuable items in her house.
The Assembly woman further said that on 11th May 2013, about 12.00 hours, armed robbers attacked another lecturer of the UEW in his house and robbed him of his money, mobile phones, laptops computer and other items.
She said the robbers tied up all the people in the house, including the lecturer, whose name was not mentioned for security reasons, before taking away their properties.
She said the latest incidence happened on May 20, 2013 when the robbers broke into a house at Lowcost at about 12.30 hours, stabbed the landlady and raped two girls before robbing them of their properties.
Ms Senah said though no life has been lost, fears have griped the people.
The Assemblywoman attributed the situation to the absence of street lights and access roads for effective police patrol duties.
She appealed to the Energy ministry and philanthropists to help people with street lights and urged land developers to weed around their lands and uncompleted buildings, which had become hideouts for the robbers.
A top Police officer at the Winneba Command, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the story and told the GNA that they have intensified patrols within the area to deal with the situation.