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Inequality partly responsible for rising social vices – Edward Bawa

He believes the gap between the rich and poor in the country influence people to engage in illegal activities.

Bongo lawmaker, Edward Bawa says inequality among Ghanaians is a contributing factor to the rising social vices in the country.

According to Mr Ayariga, it is evident the gap between the rich and poor Ghanaians has led to an increase in the crime wave.

“This to a very large extent is also driven by inequality,” The legislator said and continued, “I was seated at Paloma [Hotel], then, I looked at where Nima was and where Paloma. I was seated then something just struck me, I said look; look at this cosy area we are all seated here. And, just by you, you have a community that is saddling with poverty”

“So, a child gets up and every day he sees there are people who can come in here with posh cars and sit there and have fun. And the person can hardly have a meal. The temptation to be able to come [get] to where you are may even engineer the person to do certain things,” he told Annie Efua Ampofo on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Tuesday.

Edward Bawa also suggested hard drugs intake and lack of opportunity for young people to influence them to engage in various social vices.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested five suspects and is also on the heels of a 22-year-old senior high school (SHS) graduate said to be the gang leader in a robbery attack on a bullion van that led to the killing of a policeman at Adansi Nyankomasu recently.

Identified as John Appiah, nicknamed ‘Omega’, the police have described him as “very wicked” and “trigger-happy” and said the key suspect had recruited and formed several deadly robbery gangs in several parts of the country to engage in high scale robbery expeditions.

“The Regional Police Command has mounted a manhunt for John Appiah, alias Omega, a 22-year-old SHS graduate, who is said to be the leader of the robbery gang. Intelligence has it that Omega is a very violent person, trigger happy and ready to kill his victim at the least instance,” the police has announced.

Addressing a press conference in Kumasi yesterday, COP Kwasi Mensah Duku, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, also disclosed that Omega “has also recruited other criminal gangs in other parts of the country and calls on them to embark on his robbery escapades when the need arises.”

According to him, Omega and some of his accomplices have so far managed to escape arrest, saying that the police were doing everything possible to apprehend him to face prosecution; adding that the arrest of the five suspects in connection with the bullion van robbery case was good for the country.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams

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