- A family of nine has been robbed at gunpoint
- This family is part of many others at Oyarifa suffering insecurity
- Oyarifa is a newly-developed residential area with wild cases of crime
One of the residential areas that have residents praying for their safety each and every day of their lives in the township of Oyarifa in Accra.
This is a newly developed residential area which always has disturbing stories of armed robbery attacks and mysterious deaths. In fact in the lead up to the Easter celebration, Joy FM reported on how a family of nine got robbed at gunpoint by four armed robbers who were fully armed.
These robbers made away with over ¢12,000 in cash and valuables running into several thousands of cedis.
There were disturbing storied on how this family was blindfolded with their hands and legs tied up by the robbers, while those who resisted were beaten up during the dawn raid.
Philomena Henaku is one of the victims. According to her, she saw the robbers and decided to wake her husband up but the robbers entered and started beating them up with sticks and cutlass.
“They demanded money and collected a lot of money. They removed my ring... they tied us up; covered our faces and removed everything in the wardrobe. They even went to the Fridge to take drinks,” she added.
Meanwhile, police have confirmed the robbery and have begun investigations but no arrests have yet been made.
Ghana recorded close to 80 cases of armed robbery in January 2018 alone as compared to 60 cases in 2017. Records by the Ghana Police Service reveal that the ratio of security officials to civilians currently stands at 1 policeman to 500 Ghanaians.
This troubling reality falls in sharp contrast with the success stories of various African countries who have a satisfactory police per civilian ratio.
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