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Wellington residents urge tight security

…As armed robbery intensifies

August 24, 2016 By Memunatu Bangura

Residents of Peacock Farm, Taylor Street and their immediate environs in Wellington, east of Freetown have urged security forces to tighten their grip in the area in the wake of increased armed robbery.

Many who spoke to this reporter stated that they now live in constant fear and have sleepless night because armed robbers raid homes each night since the rains intensified.

Mabinty Bangura, who resides at Peacock Farm, said a group of armed robbers recently broke into her house and took away money, jewelry, a bag containing her important documents and other valuable items.

She continued that in the past three days, another set of armed robbers attempted to break into her house but could not succeed as her grandchild, who was sleeping in the parlor raised an alarm.

“My grandchild who sleeps in the parlour heard the sound when the armed robbers were trying to break the window glass and rushed into my room.  By the time we could call the police, they jumped downstairs and ran away,” she told our reporter.

According to her, the recent attacks on residents by armed robbers have left them in a state of fear and panic, thus calling on the Sierra Leone Police to start night patrols to the community.

A shop owner, Abdul Sankoh, said the insecurity has forced him and other shop owners to close earlier for fear of daredevil attacks by armed robbers.

“Armed robbery is now a threat in the country. We are distressed and uncertain about the direction life is going for us,” he lamented, and described the situation as very serious, thus needing urgent attention by the security forces.

Another resident, Sullay Kamara, attributed the rise in armed robbery to high level of unemployment among young people in the country.

When our reporter spoke to the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 97, Hon. Ibrahim Knox-Sankoh, he said: “I will be meeting the Local Unit Commander and the Officer in Charge of the Kissy Police Division to discuss the idea of having armed police officers to do night patrol. As a lawmaker, the idea of civil defense is not proper.”

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