A 26 year old suspect has been arrested by the University of Ghana security for theft at the Mensah Sarbah Hall on campus at about 7:00am on Monday.
The suspect who gave his name as Abubakar Issaka, a resident of Lapaz a suburb of Accra was first spotted exiting a female’s room after which an alarm was raised, leading to his apprehension. Issaka told the security officers that he was on the University campus because he was directed to a person who could help him secure a job as a cleaner.
The suspect, who eyewitnesses described as a notorious robber, subsequently handed himself over to the University of Ghana security at their post where he was interrogated and later handed over to the Legon Police Station.
Some eyewitness to the incident told Univers News’ Nii Larte Lartey, ‘that’s what they do. They knock at your door several times and when no one responds, they sneak into your room and steal valuables’. Another said ‘he has been here to steal mobile phones in the past, if he is not a thief then why was he running’.
According to ASP Sowatey Isaac a duty officer at the security post at the time of the incident, the suspect, Abubakar Issaka, is not a first time offender as he was previously caught for theft at Legon Hall, and was handed over to the Legon Police but was released not long after.
“We sent him to the police station, but later on, the police released him because said they don’t have exhibit on him showing that he has stolen something and they just left him” he stated.
He however expressed worry over the unreasonable release of suspects by the Legon Police handed over by them by his outfit.
The duty officer lamented that despite their constant appeal to the police to prosecute these suspects, no action has been taken on the basis of inadequate evidence.
He later appealed to the police to allow the law take its own cause and persecute these suspects.
“All we are saying is that, when we bring them, they should persecute them, even when it is unlawful entry. To enter someone’s premises without permission is not right. Even if it is just for a month, they should jail them, to teach them a lesson.” he added.
In a related development, Senior Hall Tutor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall in the University of Ghana where the act was perpetrated, Dr. Edward .B. Sabi has charged students to be security conscious when they return to school in the coming week.
This advice came about when an alleged thief was spotted and apprehended on Thursday morning at the E-block of the Mensah Sarbah Hall.
“Students are not security conscious and that has been the major we are having in the hall”, he said.
The Hall tutor also told Univers News that mostly the students are unperturbed concerning matters of security, a trend he described as worrying.
“We do advice students to be extra security conscious. When one spots a suspicious guy walking about the corridor at the female block of the hall, the person should be bold enough to confront them and if the person is with bad intention he would fumbles. Such people should be reported to the authorities”, he said.
Dr. Edward Sabi explained that the hall currently unable to ensure maximum security during the vacation due to the admission of various groups of people who apply for residence to attend programs and conferences in the University.
The Senior Hall Tutor also stated that he has instructed that the porters stop and speak to any suspicious person who would be spotted entering the hall. However, he explained that the porters cannot identify strangers among the lot of people who troop in and out of the hall.