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Press Review of Saturday, 12 May 2001

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Thieves rob stadium victims

The adage that one man's meant is another man's poison came into full play last Wednesday, according to The Accra Mail, when thieves took advantage of the tragedy at the Accra Sports Stadium and robbed both the dead and the living of their valuables.
It carries that as panicked sports fans got crushed or wounded, some pick pockets organized and robbed the victims of their cash, mobile phones, wristwatches, and shoes.
Eyewitnesses said they saw some young men who pretended to be helping victims of the disaster but rather helped themselves with their valuables.
One eyewitness said he saw the volunteer- turned thieves removing the shoes and wristwatch of a dying man they pretended to be helping. They were later seen sharing their booty.
In a related development, a police patrol was stoned by some angry residents on Nima, minutes after they learnt of the death of some of their friends and relatives.
The peace officers had stopped along the Nima-Mamobi Highway to buy some items when the mob attacked them in revenge for their dead friends. The police jeep sped off when they sensed danger.