As Security Break Loose In Akatsi
By Alfred K. Dogbey
Disturbing reports reaching The Herald indicates that, security in the Akatsi-South District of the Volta Region, has broken loose, leading to serious armed robbery, currently taking centre stage in the district capital, Akatsi.
The latest to have fallen victim to the criminal activities of the robbers is the District Police Commander himself, ASP Denis Fakpui, whose house at the Police Flat, closed to Akatsi Senior High School (SHS), was reportedly ransacked by thieves.
ASP Fakpui, however, was said to be absent from home, when the incident took place. Sources say, he might have been in school as he is a student of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra.
The thieves, who were believed to be residents of the town, are said to be having a field day, breaking into people’s homes, filling stations, shops, supper-markets, and looting their valuables.
The Herald is informed that, a fuel station in the town, Kings Energy, owned by a very popular businessman by name ‘Cheap House’, has also been robbed of huge sums of money, including items in the supermarket, carted away only a month ago.
The brave robbers, who carry their operations mostly on Akatsi Market days, were also said to have stormed the Police Station sometime ago, threatening to beat up policemen at the station.
The resident of Togbui Doklo Akumasah, the Chief of Avenorpedo and former Principal of Akatsi Teacher Training College, was also looted by the thieves on Sunday April 27, which was also a market day.
The Assemblyman for Monome-Adrakpo Electoral Area, Godwin Asimenu, has also had his motorbike stolen from his house, it was dismantled and carried away within a twinkle of an eye.
According to information, some of the suspects arrested were later released by the police, under a very bizarre circumstance, with the rest sent to court.
Mr. Asimenu, confirmed the theft and arrest of a certain man by name ‘Killer’ from Monome, a suburb of Akatsi. To him, “the Security Situation has fallen” and urgent steps need to be taken to rectify the situation.
The disheartening situation is said to have left the peace-loving people of Akatsi and its environs in a state of fear and insecurity, as the entire district has been engulfed by swarm of thieves, who perform their nefarious activities with much comfort and pleasure.
Ordinary market women and retired police officers, including one by name Nyatefe, have all being victims of the robbery.
Some of the victims, were stabbed leading to the death of one of them at Ave-Dakpa.
In view of this development, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Samuel Kwadzo Wuadi, who is also the Chairman of the District Security Council (DISEC), is holding serious emergency meetings with the stakeholders in the district.
One of such meetings held last Tuesday, was attended by the Chiefs, Traditional leaders, heads of security, the District Magistrate, as well as other stakeholders.
When the DCE was contacted, he said security measures are currently being put in place to tighten the lapses, although he could not denied or confirm the reports.
But, when Mr. Fakpui, was reached on the phone, he flatly denied reports that he has been robbed and also not mentioned any unlawful incident in his bungalow.
He, however, confirmed “a motor bike was stolen and the people were arrested and arraigned before court and the case is under trial”.
The District Commander also confirmed the Kings Energy robbery, adding that there has only been a few stealing cases, including that of Mr.
He also confirmed a stabbing incident at Ave-Dakpa, which led to the death of the victim.
Surprisingly, however, sources closed to the Commander say, nothing was stolen from his room, even though the Commander was said, to have placed
an undisclosed sum of money on the table inside his room.
According to insiders, only blood stains and a cowry, were found in the room. It is believed to be for ritual purposes performed by the intruders to scare the police boss but, “not a pin was taken from the room”.
But The Herald’s checks have revealed that, this was not the first time armed robbery incidents have taken place in the largely farming district.
The former DCE, now a Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, has been attacked at a gun-point at his official residence by armed robbers, who robbed him and assaulted his security man and driver.
Meanwhile, signals picked from the Akatsi township, suggest that the District Police Commander is losing the battle against the robbers. Some attributed it to his long stay and wished he is transferred from the district for a new face and strategy to combat the growing menace.