Residents of Oyoko neighborhood in the Eastern Region were more than surprised to hear a police investigator demand an amount of GHc30 be sent to him via mobile money before commencing investigations into an alleged robbery case.
The armed robbers, numbering more than 10, reportedly attacked residents of Oyoko and surrounding areas on Thursday and made away with huge sums of money.
The operation according to Citi FM was carried out at various locations at the same time.
One of the victims, who gave his name as Kofi Prosper told journalists that the police investigator said the money was to cater for the pictures that were taken at the crime scene.
Proper explained that, â€œI was confused so I asked what the money was for and they said it was the fee for pictures they had taken at the crime scene, so I then pleaded with them for a reduction because the robbers had taken all my money away.
â€œI told them I had no money at that time so they said I could send it through mobile money. Later when they called, I told them to reduce it upon which they agreed and said I should bring GHC20.00 to the office and not to send it on the mobile moneyâ€.
Another victim, Ernest Kweku Broda speaking to Citi FM said, â€œI was asleep when I heard my cousin screaming that armed robbers are in the house, when I came to the living room they were pulling down our door hitting it with a big hammer so we all started shouting calling for help.
â€œSoon they gained access to the house pointing guns at us and instructed us to bring out our gold and money or they will shoot us but we informed them we have not even seen gold in our lives beforeâ€.
â€œThey then made us lie down, broke into the bedrooms and started ransacking all the rooms before locking us in the bathroom. They made away with our laptops, mobile phones, jewellery and moneyâ€.
According to residents, the police patrol team got to the area soon after the robbers had completed their operation.
Meanwhile, the Koforidua â€“ Effiduase District Police Commander ASP Dan Yaro who visited the homes of some affected victims assured them that his outfit would bring the perpetrators to book.
He pleaded with residents to consider various security measures to protect their properties to complement the efforts of the police.
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