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Chiefs of Akyem Aperade Demand Justice Over Railroad Steel Theft Case

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The Chiefs of Akyem Aperade, a community in the Achiase district of Eastern Region, Ghana, are up in arms over the attempt to free four suspects who were arrested for stealing railroad steel tracks. The suspects were allegedly removing the steel tracks and selling them as scraps. The chiefs handed over the suspects to the Police CID in Accra after a tip-off, but they were later granted bail by the Oda Police Command on the same day of their arrest. This has angered the chiefs who believe that some powerful political hands are interfering in the investigation to stop the criminal prosecution of the suspects.

The Nifahene of Akyem Aperade, Nana Konadu Asamoah, who spoke on behalf of the chiefs, expressed their displeasure at any attempt to stop the prosecution of the suspects. He accused the Member of Parliament for the Achiase constituency, Kofi Marfo, of interfering in the investigation to block the prosecution, and alleged that the police have taken bribes to release the suspects. The chiefs believe that the railway tracks are the property of the state and should not be turned into a political issue for the sake of votes.

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Railroad steel tracks continue to be stolen across the country, with many online scrap sellers offering their prices on their sites. The Ministry of Railway Development estimates that it costs the nation about five million dollars to construct one kilometre stretch of railway line. The theft of the railway tracks is a well-orchestrated business by some unscrupulous individuals to sabotage the efforts of the government to revamp the sector.

The Chiefs of Akyem Aperade are calling on the police to ensure that the law takes its course without fear or favour. They want the suspects to be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who may be engaged in the same illegal activity. The theft of railway tracks is not only a threat to the government’s efforts to revamp the railway sector but also a danger to public safety as it can lead to train derailments and other accidents.

In a nutshell, the theft of railway tracks is a menace that needs to be addressed urgently. The government must take a tough stance against those who engage in this illegal activity, and the police must ensure that the law takes its course without fear or favour. The chiefs of Akyem Aperade are right to demand that the suspects be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. For the most part, the theft of railway tracks is a well-orchestrated business by some unscrupulous individuals, and it is costing the nation millions of dollars in construction costs. It is time to put an end to this menace before it gets out of hand.

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