Police say they are not leaving anything thing to chance as it intensifies patrols at Agape Pentecost Junction in Ablekuma, Accra, in the wake of threats from group calling itself Armed Robbers Association (A.R.A).
The police have however lightened the seriousness of a notice directing residents to pay not less than GHc500 through an MTN mobile money.
DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the Greater Accra police commander told Joy News on Wednesday that the notice was nothing but a “scarecrow”.
Some residents told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu they are scared and not feeling safe.
“What we want is total security. I think we need the police and we the neighbours can also assist,” a resident told Joy News.
But DCOP Tetteh Yohunu assured residents they have increased presence there which should give them no cause to fear.
Meanwhile, the gang leader of the supposed robbery association has been arrested, the Regional Commander confirmed. The suspect, Samiru Salifu, who had been on the police wanted list for five years, was arrested after exchanging gunshots with the police from his hideout at Ablekuma Fan Milk, near Agape.
The police are also on the heels of about 80 persons suspected to be members of the association.
“The trembling message started sometime in November through December”, but the police moved in to ensure their safety, DCOP Tetteh Yohunu noted.
“What we are saying is that this message of come to pay money… we consider it as a scarecrow. It is something that somebody somewhere wants to use as a means to extort money from residents. We have not taken it lightly and so police patrol has been intensified and some notorious armed robbers have been arrested in this community”.
Below is the notice from A.R.A.
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