Three youth associations in Sunyani have expressed concern over the get-rich quick attitude, popularly known as “Sakawa” among a section of the youth in the Municipality which is contributing to general insecurity in the capital.

According to the associations there are rumours of purported ritual killings, attacks and kidnappings, which is causing extreme fear and panic in some neighbourhoods due to the undercover activities of the “Sakawa Boys”.

A joint statement issued by the Sunyani Youth Development Association (SYDA), Zongo Youth for Development (ZYfD), and Area Two Youth Association (A2YA), and copied the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Wednesday appealed to the Police to act urgently to apprehend individuals involved before the situation is worsened.

The statement was jointly signed by Nana Akomea Sakyi, Ibrahim Moro and Reuben Asante, Secretaries of SYDA, SYfD and A2YA respectively.

Titled “Stop the Growing Canker of Insecurity in Sunyani”, the statement said “it is now scary for people to walk alone in some neighbourhoods because of fear of kidnappers”.

“This has become serious security challenge in the Municipality and the Police must act swiftly to bring the situation under control”, it said.

The statement alleged that six people including four mentally-challenged persons, a Fulani herdsman and a taxi driver had been murdered in the Municipality in the past two years.

“This situation is becoming uncontrollable as many residents are being attacked day in, day out”, it added.

The statement expressed concern over stealing, robberies and snatching of bags and mobile phones in neighbourhoods such as Area Two, Zongo, New Town, Baakoniaba, Nana Bosoma Central Market, Nkwabeng, Penkwase and New Dormaa.

It called on residents in those areas to be watchful and mindful of movements of strangers, and report people whose movements are questionable to the Police for timely action in the interest of the people.

The statement appealed to the Police to intensify night patrols and check operations of taxi drivers who work at night, alleging that some of the robbers linked up with taxi drivers and attacked unsuspecting passengers at night.

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