Deputy Minister of Defence, Maj. Rtd. Derek Oduro has disclosed government’s resolve to make armed robbery a thing of the past in Ejura and its environs in the Ashanti Region.
According to him, government remains committed and is rolling out measures to ensure that law abiding citizens in the area go about doing their legitimate businesses safely and peacefully.
Ejura and its environs are noted to be armed robbery prone areas with mostly market women being attacked by armed robbers while on their journey.
In November 2018, some 20 passengers were robbed at Nkyensie near Ejura. Six armed men robbed the passengers while inside a vehicle. Money, mobile phones and other valuables were stolen.
Many residents had their motorbikes and tricycles seized when they reached the roadblock put up by the robbers.
The passengers were also subjected to severe beatings by the robbers in almost two hours of the robbery incident.
“They slapped, took all our bags and asked me to undress my child so they could see if I was hiding any money in his clothes,” one victim narrated.
Speaking to host Henry Lord on Ejura based Naagyei 90.3FM Wednesday, Maj. Rtd. Derek Oduro who’s also MP for Nkoranza North stated that government acting on intelligence has mapped out a strategy to deal with the armed robbery menace.
“We’re aware that from the road from Mampong to Ejura, Ejura to Atebubu are armed robbery spots especially getting to where the teak tress have been planted. We’ve deployed teams of security men including the military to patrol on the roads especially in the nights to ensure passengers are safe on their journeys. Barriers have also be erected to enhance security. The security presence must be beefed up especially as we approach the Christmas festivities.
“We’ve also picked reports that some people are quick to alert some of these criminals when the police/military patrol teams embark on patrols. These reports will be investigated to establish its veracity. Not long from now, Ejura and its surrounding areas will be very safe with cases of armed robbery being a thing of the past.”