October 6, 2015
Residents in the Jui community in the Western Area Rural District have expressed concern over what they referred to as the alarming rate at which armed robberies have permeated the community.
Speaking during a meeting of elders and other key stakeholders in the community, aimed at addressing the situation over the weekend, a victim and senior media practitioner in the area said at about 2:00am on Friday 2nd October, thieves armed with destructive weapons such as axes and knives entered his compound, damaged vehicles and carted away valuable properties.
“Even my heavily fortified fence with razor wire could not stop the robbers who used heavy materials and a ladder to gain access to my house, leaving us in a terrified state,” he said.
Attempts to identify and capture the masked robbers, he said, proved futile as they fled leaving behind a wooden ladder and an axe in his compound. Similar reports were made by heads of other households and traders who said they have been having sleepless nights since the marauding robbers started terrorizing them with impunity.
Other members of the community called on the authorities concerned to be proactive and step up security measures so as to curb violence and other criminal acts such as robbery and murder that have pervaded the Jui, Kosso Town and Grafton communities.
The need to summon key stakeholders such as the police and other community leaders to a meeting aimed at proffering solutions, not least the establishment of a vibrant Community/ Police Partnership Board, and the idea of forming vigilante groups, was also considered to put an end to the unholy acts.
It was also reported that the incidents may not be unconnected to the release of some hardened criminals who have recently resurfaced in the area.
The matter has since been reported to the police.
Meanwhile, a suspect and ghetto owner, nicknamed Oga, who claimed he knows the alleged robbers, has been invited by the police to help in their investigations.