Thieves on the Rampage in Bo
The rise in housebreaking and larceny in Bo Town, in southern Sierra Leone, is a big shock to many residents in the wake of the 14 days lockdown and the night curfew across the country. Vehicular and human movements are restricted nationwide as a result, but the thieves have different ideas.
And Bo, the second-largest city in Sierra Leone, has recently recorded two high-tech robbery attacks along Sewa Road and New London, among the numerous unrecorded housebreakings, according to latest reports from the district headquarter town.
The residence of a renowned diamond dealer along the main Sewa Road was ransacked and properties worth millions of Leones were carted away. Family members were subjected to inhumane treatment by the thieves who were reported to be well-armed.
Two vehicles, belonging to the diamond dealer, were commandeered by the armed robbers and they used the vehicles to load the stolen items which they conveniently carted away into the silent night.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses say they saw the thieves wearing police uniforms. They broke into many shops in Bo and made away with millions of leones worth of items. The alleged police uniforms worn by the robbers did not go down well in police quarters.
Reports say, the Police Media Officer, South has debunked the allegations hurled at them by some members of the public, who believe that there are some genuine crook police officers involved in the robberies in the district.
However, police sources have intimated that their officers are taking the challenging lead to clamp down on these criminals very seriously.
But recent reports of increased police high-handedness on innocent civilians in their homes during the night curfew is not helping the police cause either.
Courtesy: By Jonathan Hindolo Kurabu
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