The Concerned Youth of Drobonso in the Sekyere Afram Plains District has appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Interior Minister, and the Ashanti Regional Security Council to, as a matter of urgency, deploy more security personnel to the area to deal with recent robberies and the killing of innocent people in the district.
The group says the growing insecurity in the area has unsettled residents who now fear going about their normal duties.
Suspected robbers launched a fresh attack on passengers traveling on the Drobonso-Kumawu stretch, at about 4 p.m., on Saturday (26 March 2022). A woman in her late 50s was killed while another male victim is reportedly nursing life-threatening wounds at a local health facility after he survived with knife wounds.
“They [the victims] went to Kumasi and unfortunately these armed men robbed the passengers, shot and killed this woman in broad daylight. The other man is also receiving treatment”, said the President of the group Daniel Obimpeh.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has since been to the community to commiserate with the bereaved family. Crime scene investigators have also been deployed to the area to aid local officers apprehend the suspects.
“I want to assure you all that the Regional Commander and I will work tirelessly to bring peace [to this area]”, a Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander DCOP Mr. Kwasi Akomeah-Apraku. told a gathering after meeting traditional authorities of Drobonso on Sunday.
But the Concerned Youth of Drobonso is not convinced with the police chief’s assurances. Daniel Obimpeh says the community has ran out of options and will have to take matters onto their own hands.
“We don’t have security in our community. We can’t afford to let our people die like animals. There have been several reports of robberies and killings over here but the police have not taken any action. As a youth leader the next option is to mobilize the entire community to protect ourselves because the police have clearly admitted that our security cannot be guaranteed”, Obimpeh told dailymailgh.com.