A criminologist is calling on the police to invite the leadership of the Good Hope Chapel International for questioning over the seizure of a woman’s car by gunmen at the church’s premises.
The police chased the criminals to rescue the baby and recover the stolen car.
Dr Jones Opoku-Ware, criminologist and lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) says the church should have questions to answer for failing to ensure the safety of the church members.
He said the church leaders must be considered as persons of interest in any police investigations into the incident.
“Once you have criminals targeting a certain group of people, it is a cause to worry especially when the pattern suggests that there is consistency in that kind of crime.
For me, going forward, I think that we have to revise our approach in terms of crime targeting and crime control.”
The woman had driven to church with her baby, when, from nowhere, two unidentified gunmen struck – forcibly took the car from her and was given no time to carry out her baby then inside the car, as they sped off with the woman’s baby.
The police were quickly alerted, and they sprang into action, gave the criminals a hot chase, forcing the gunmen to abandon the car and the baby, who has since been reunited with the mother.
A statement signed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godwin Ahianyo, Public Affairs Officer, Ashanti Regional police Command, said the police received information on Sunday, January 16, 2022 that a red Toyota Corolla vehicle with a child on board, had been snatched from its owner at the premises of the Good Hope Chapel at Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi, by two unidentified gunmen.
“The police upon receipt of the information swiftly set out all patrol vehicles and motorbikes within the metropolis in search of the said vehicle and its occupants (suspects).
Sensing danger on the approach of the police vehicles, the suspects abandoned the vehicle around Dakwadwom and fled into a nearby bush.”
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