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As armed robbers terrorizes, torture, and render unspeakable havoc on unsuspecting victims, Drivers and residence of Kobeng, Seidi and Amankyia and traders alike who commute the Nkawie- Kobeng, Amankyia- Seidi road in the Atwima Nwabiagya South municipality of Ashanti Region, poured out their tears of sorrow and hopelessness.

The Kobeng-Amankyia road is increasingly becoming a fertile ground for miscreants who capitalized on the poor police presence to rob residence and traders alike of their valuables.

The robbers, drivers and residence say, are equally taking advantage of the poor road network to ply their ungodly profession.

Akwasi Safwi, leader of the drivers told Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame that the continuous robbery on the road is making life unbearable to both residence and traders. “My brother, look, it is a very worrying situation that needs urgent security attention. Recently, one of my drivers were victim to a disgusting robbery on that stretch of the road. He was robbed at gunpoint. Gun wielding robbers, holding AK 47 riffles.”

He added that “you see, the road linking these three towns is very bad, giving these robbers upper hand over their poor unsuspecting victims. The Municipal Chief Executive should work on the road. More accidents are recorded on that very road due to the poor nature of the road.” -

A trader, Abenaa Korama opined that if the police visibility along that stretch is increased, it will go a long way to minimize the unbearable rampant robberies that residence and traders endure in the hands of robbers. “Mostly, these robbers operate on market days. After suffering to sell through the scorching sunny weather, you are robbed of all your sales. It is very bad," she said.

Some residents recount past horrific instances where traders on the stretch have been subjected to severe beatings by robbers. Most of the robberies, they say, usually take place on Market days.

Kwame Isaac a driver, noted that “In Atwima Nwabiagya South municipality, the police station is centralized. There are no checkpoints in the villages as well as police stations. If the command can put in structures, it will help curb the menace. I am calling on the MCE, who is the head of Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) to look into it. He should not be armchair leadership. The situation is very bad” he fumed. He lamented that prominent persons in the municipality have fallen victims to numerous robberies on the said road but nothing is been done on it.

Story by Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)

 

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