Crime & Punishment of 2014-05-14

Bosomtwe District under attack from armed robbers

People living in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region have lately come under constant attacks from armed robbers.

The robbery attacks have occurred in the predominantly developing areas of Aputuogya, Esreso, Abidjan-Nkwanta, Feyiase and Apinkra.

As a result of the attacks, the District Chief Executive, Mrs Veronica Antwi-Adjei, has, in collaboration with the police, introduced snap checks at night at the targeted areas which include the Aputuogya-Oyoko Road.

Absent police officers

In spite of an attractive police post at the assembly, police officers do not reside in the district due to the lack of accommodation.

They have to trek on a daily basis from Kumasi and other areas to work. She is, therefore, soliciting support to build accommodation for the police to encourage them to stay in the district to help fight the high spate of crime.

According to recent reports, a group of traders including a woman who had gone for her daughter’s school fees hoping to make payment the following day, were attacked and robbed by young boys.

Due to the latest attack, the DCE has secured 10 acres plot from the chiefs to begin the construction of residential accommodation for junior officers.

As part of measures to fight crime, Mrs Antwi-Adjei is reportedly also fuelling the cars of the patrol team to facilitate their easy movement and has embarked on a re-construction and re-engineering of some of the roads to make the developing areas motorable.

She told the Daily Graphic that the assembly was collaborating with the chiefs in the area to clear mounting refuse and deal with other sanitation problems.

The Bosomtwe District is a strategic location in the tourism industry because of the famous Lake Bosomtwe.

Currently, the assembly is liaising with the private sector to embark on a ‘Build, Operate and Transfer project, to make the site more attractive.

A portion of the District Assembly Common Fund, as well as a part of the internally generated funds had also been set aside to rejuvenate and revitalise the lake site to draw more tourist.

Source: graphic.com.gh
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