Irate youth besiege hotel to ‘arrest’ suspected kidnappers

DCOP.MR.REDEEMER DEDJOE -Western Regional Police Commander

DCOP.MR.REDEEMER DEDJOE -Western Regional Police Commander

Irate youth on Sunday besieged Evergreen Hotel at Ahinkofi near Kojokrom, a suburb of Sekondi, demanding the whereabouts of three Nigerians they suspected of being linked to the kidnappings in the area.

The youth threatened to burn down the hotel, but the owners resisted their attempt; they insisted on searching the hotel rooms, alleging that the Nigerians had dug a hole at the hotel where they keep their victims.

Bent on achieving their intention, the youth, numbering about 100, and wielding knives, wooden planks, machetes, broken blocks, swords and a locally manufactured gun, moved from one room to the other looking for the alleged Nigerians.

However, the search was fruitless as the alleged kidnappers were not found in the hotel.

It took the intervention of the Western Regional Special Weapon and Tactics   (SWAT) team and other police personnel, led by Superintendent George Effah, to restore order.

Reacting to the rowdy behaviour, the Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, said claims that the police on Sunday arrested three Nigerians suspected to be connected with the kidnappings at the Evergreen Hotel at Ahinkofi were false.

“The public must be careful about giving out false alarms, and desist from taking the law into their hands and engage in mob justice. They should be patient as the police continue to conduct investigations into the matter,” she said.

Narrating the incident, DSP Adiku recalled that at about 1.30 p.m. on Sunday, the police received the information that some accomplices in the Takoradi kidnapping cases had been found at the Evergreen Hotel at Ahenkofi.

She told the Ghanaian Times that when the police team arrived at the scene, there were over 100 angry youth, who had surrounded the hotel to prevent the alleged suspects from escaping, while they attacked any person who attempted to leave the facility.

According to the PRO, when the police searched the hotel and no suspect was found, the mob insisted on lynching Edward Makaya Jnr, a Ghanaian they suspected to be a Nigerian who had gone to Ahenkofi to visit a friend, “but the police took him to Kojokrom Police Station for safety,” adding that “no further incident was recorded.”

DSP Adiku appealed to the media to be circumspect about the information they send to the public and on social media, stressing that “they should avoid sensationalising their stories to create unnecessary fear and panic.



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