The Municipal Chief Executive for Amenfi East in the Western Region, Frederick Korankye, has committed to ensuring that his office fights crime and make it unattractive in the area.
His commitment follows an armed robbery attack, which claimed the life of a security officer and two others sustaining injuries at the Wassa Akropong Filling Station in the late hours of Monday, August 15.
Speaking in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, the MCE indicated that the armed robbers who carried out the raid appear not to be experienced.
“From the CCTV footage I have seen, these are local armed robbers. When they arrived at the station, they attacked the security officer who was armed. They took his gun but they could not use it. They had no idea how to even unlock the gun. They had to beat the security officer until he became unconscious. We have secured the CCTV footage and we are working around it to arrest them as soon as possible,” he indicated.
The attack on the Goil Filling Station at Wassa Akropong left the security officer on duty Prosper Dotse, also known as Old Soldier, dead.
According to the MCE, the armed robbers who were armed with pinch-bars and hammers subjected workers on duty to severe beatings.
“They moved to the supermarket and attacked the attendant but another security officer who was also armed came and started firing warning shots at them. They got scared and bolted from the station. We have since invited the family of the deceased whilst the rest are receiving treatment at the hospital,” he added.
According to him, about 300 counter-terrorism Police Officers have been deployed to the area to fight crime.
“The cities are no more attractive to the armed robbers so most of them are migrating to our communities, but we are working to ensure the crime rate is reduced so about 300 counter-terrorism police officers are being deployed to the area to beef up security.”
By Eric Nana Gyetuah|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana