“Are we still safe in this country?” that was the question I asked my roommates when they narrated their incident to me. We had a slow week getting to our exams and we just wanted to write the exams and head home but that was taking forever. We just kept preparing for the exams and when the stress was too much we went out with friends to shake it off. So on the faithful day the incident occurred my roommates wanted to go out and release some stress, but I had a delayed test in the morning and so had to stay behind to study. They left the hostel around 7pm and came back later in the evening looking disturbed and laughing abnormally, I tried to concentrate on what I was doing, but they did not look like their normal selves to me so I asked them what was wrong. They then told me they were robbed at the bridge on the Cosway down road. It was unbelievable at first cause I use that road everyday and even at those hours, so initially I thought they were joking ,then they asked if I can see their bags their phones around then it hit me,they were actually saying the truth.
They told me they had guns pointed at them, and that the robbers threatened to shoot if they did not give their phones,money and bags to them, the uber driver was not exempted ,his phones and the money from all the rides he had that day were taken. The driver was left speechless according to my roommates, they convinced the driver to go to the police station at Agbogba to lodge a complaint only to get there to find the police station closed, they then went to the Legon police station only to be directed to the Madina police station . When they finally arrived at the Madina police station the police then directed them to the Adenta police station where they were told it was out of their jurisdiction and so have to go back to the Agbogba police station to lodge their complaint ,out of frustration they just came back to the hostel .
My question again; “Are we still safe in this country?” If the men and women trained to keep us the citizens of this country safe are not doing their job as they are supposed to,how can we live and not be in fear every passing day, I know that crime may not be fully eradicated, but then if the men and women of the police force do their job of protecting citizens of the country as serious as how they take issues concerning themselves we would feel safer as a people and a nation.
By: Dora Naa Ayorkor Annan.