Stories from Richard Owusu-Akyaw .
The defunct Kumasi Children Park at Amakom in the Kumasi Metropolis, which used to be a rollicking playground for children in Kumasi and beyond, has been taken over by criminals.
The Chronicle has gathered that the park, meant for the amusement of kids, is now a haven for miscreants who attack passersby and rob them of personal belongings at gunpoint, particularly, in the night.
The unlucky ones, including students of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), sometimes meet their untimely death as a result of the activities of the hoodlums.
Intelligence picked by The Chronicle point to the fact that the park is now serving as the first point of call of persons kidnapped by the criminals.
A female teenager who was allegedly kidnapped was taken to the park, where the kidnapper was arrested upon a report to the Zongo Police Station.
Over the years, a number of people have been murdered at the premises, which lies at the centre of Kumasi, under the watch of the city authorities.
About a fortnight ago, a worker of Dalex Finance Company was killed, after he came under attack at the park, when using a thoroughfare which residents of Afful Nkwanta and students of KsTU had created to connect to the Grace Baptist and Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) enclave.
Information available to The Chronicle has established that these attackers are residents of Amakom, a timeless drug paradise in Kumasi, where the drug trade has been booming over eight decades.
A visit to the Kumasi Children’s Park, where the abandoned Afia Kobi Ampem II Library is situated, is forested with heaps of plastic and non-plastic waste material.
Mr. Lawrence Adu, Assembly Member for Afful Nkwanta, in an exclusive interview with the paper, admitted that there have been cases of robbery incidents over the years, and that not only are people robbed of their belongings, but also raped in broad daylight.
Lawrence Adu continued that recently, a female was stabbed, but the assailants are on bail and corroborated the murder of a worker of Dalex Finance, of which one of the attackers had been arrested by the Zongo Police Station.
Mr. Adu explained that in his quest address the insecurity issue at the Kumasi Children Park, he formed a community watchdog committee, which he resourced and footed the bills of their activities for the first three months.
He, however bemoaned that residents and households who were to pay GH¢10 each month failed to pay, hence the community watchdog committee was disbanded for lack of funds to maintain them.
He also noted that in order to stop these bad guys from using the defunct Afia Kobi Ampem II Library as their place of abode, he has given the structure to a church to organise services there, a move, he believes, will help to improve the security at the Kumasi Children’s Park.