The town of Have in the Afadjato South District of the Volta Region was under siege on Tuesday after one Kitsi Bright, a suspected criminal accused of terrorizing residents, escaped from lawful custody for the second time in six months.
His escape sparked unrest in the town culminating in the youth vandalizing a police check point and a police station.
An angry protester, who spoke to Citi News on grounds of anonymity, said they vandalized the station because it has simply failed to serve them.
[contextly_sidebar id=”KP8vWCqycfug7SjWF4832kS0pDf3EpKu”]“This man [Referring to the fugitive] has been eluding the police for long so we the youth managed to arrest him and again he escaped. So what is the use of the police here” he asked.
“What is the essence of the check point? Is it just so the police can take Ghc1.00 from drivers?” They should park and go, we don’t need them” he said.
Kitsi Bright first escaped from the Have police on the 15th of July this year under bizarre circumstances that made the town folk suspect foul play, accusing the police of taking bribe to allow the criminal to escape.
On Monday December 27th 2015, Citi News sources in the town said, Bright had been arrested by the youth and handed over to the police, after he had beaten up his uncle and attempted to butcher his grandfather only for him to escape again under the watch of the police.
News of his escape went viral and rumours were rife that they police have been compromised again. This time, the angry youth chose to vent their spleen on the police thereby vandalizing the police station.
But for the timely intervention of the Ho SWAT team, the story would have been different.
On Wednesday, the Volta Regional Command of the Ghana Police service was in Have to reassure the youth of their commitment to recapture the suspect.
The Afadjato South District Commander, Tsumasi Ankrah, offered a reward of GHC 500 to anyone who will give credible information leading to the arrest of the escapee.
By 5:30pm the same day, the felon was located at a hideout in the outskirts of the town, where he was arrested by the town folks and handed over to the police again.
Speaking to Citi News, the District Commander, Twumasi Ankrah, confirmed the re-arrest of Bright and explained that he is currently in police custody at Kpando while investigation continues. Bright is wanted for among other things, stealing, inflicting machete wounds on people and terrorising the community.
The police have also commenced investigation into circumstances surrounding his escape and have promised that nobody will be shielded if found culpable.
There have been several cases of jailbreak this year across the country with the police administration doing very little to curtail it.
By: Gratham Mckintosh/citifmonline.com/Ghana