The Anloga District Security Committee (DISEC) is collaborating with security agencies to unravel the secret behind the mysterious killings of people in Dzita-Anyanui-Akplortorkor-Batefe communities in the district.
Mr. Seth Yormewu, District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, who is also the DISEC Chairman, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Anloga.
This follows a recent protest by angry residents of the affected communities, mainly fishermen, who presented a petition to him, last Tuesday at his Anloga office, to be forwarded to the security agencies and the Presidency to tackle the problem.
“As DISEC Chairman, I am on behalf of the President assuring the people we would hit the bottom of the killings and bring the actors to book”, Mr. Yormewu said. He said they have no problem with the petition of the people calling on Government to come in because the issue at stake is a worry to everyone in the district.
“There have been over 22 such mysterious killings in the area known to all of us and the DISEC will not sleep over it because it is a major security and development issue”, the DCE said. Mr. Yormewu, however, appealed to people to cooperate with the security agencies, particularly the police to have the menace resolved.
According to him, though the affected residents had some issues with the police over their alleged unprofessional handling of the problem, he believes the police still have the men to do the job.
Mr. Yormewu said the Government had not glossed over the mysterious murders, disclosing that, some undercover security experts had discretely been sent to the area, and had since completed their work, “and we are awaiting their report.”
“This is a matter of insecurity, fear, with negative socio-economic impact and total drawback to development, not only in the Dzita-Kafuigbor-Akplortorkor-Batefe stretch alone, but the entire District”, he said.
Mr. Samuel Brass Dedzo, Dzita Assembly Member, in the petition on behalf of the over 400 angry protestors, called for the investigation and disciplinary action taken against the Anloga District Police Command for their questionable handling of the killings so far.
They also demanded the arrest of some key suspects over the murders, names withheld, who they referred to as friends of the police and also asked the police to mount a barrier at Batefe to prevent the suspected criminals involved from using the area as dumping grounds for the bodies of their victims.
They alleged that over 25 bodies, including children, lunatics, imbeciles and some unidentified persons were found buried or dumped at the beach or in mangrove swamps around Dzita almost every six months on average since 2013 to date.
The protestors danced to war songs accompanied by a brass band through the main streets of Anyabui, Dzita, Akplortorkor to Anloga, where they presented the petition. The police did not guard the demonstrations, saying that, it was illegal, on the grounds that the organisers did follow due process for a permit, however, the demonstration went peacefully. GNA