Former National Security Coordinator, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah has blamed the increase in armed robberies on the unemployment situation in the country.
The security expert said the non-availability of jobs for the many ‘vibrant and desperate’ youth has compelled them to resort to robbery to meet their needs.
He was reacting to the Tuesday attack at the offices of Royal Motors at the Industrial Area in which the robbers reportedly made away with an undisclosed amount of money.
At least one person was injured during the robbery, Greater Accra Regional Police PRO, ASP Afia Tenge has said. The three vehicles hijacked and used by the four armed men have also been recovered, she added.
The attack has spawned a debate about the readiness of the police to protect residents in the country’s capital, Accra. Already, there have been 24 robberies at Oyibi and surrounding communities.
Bullet shell casing found after the Royal Motors’ attack
In one such attack, a 67-year-old man was killed after the robbers crushed his head with a concrete slab, the deceased daughter told Joy News’ Maxwell Agbagba.
But Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah has warned there will be more of such attacks unless the government takes deliberate steps to address the unemployment situation.
“From my experience whenever people don’t have the things that they need as human beings they take to other activities,” he told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story.
Ghana’s unemployment rate is estimated at 5.20 percent, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has revealed. The figure reflected a dip from 2016’s figure, which was 5.96 percent.
Citing the latest abduction of children in Nigeria by radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah said the youth are lured into social vices when they are jobless.
“Unless we tackle the economic situation this issue is going to get worse,” the security expert said, imploring the government to solve the challenges with the economy.