Member of Parliament for Amenfi West, Eric Afful, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to investigate alleged assault and thievery by National Security operatives during a raid on two Chinese-owned Casinos in Asankragua on May 7, 2021.
As part of the investigation, the petition is asking that the role of the leader of the alleged robbers, DSP Samuel Azugu, be especially probed.
Azugu, the notorious head of the illegal SWAT unit in the National Security is said to have led that unit to raid the two casinos, with one of the raids, at the Xing-Di casino at Asankragua, captured on hidden CCTV camera even though the gang had destroyed all CCTV cameras they could lay hands on to erase all evidence.
The team from National Security arrived in Toyota V8 Land Cruiser, wielding AK 47s and dressed in mufti with their faces masked. They were led by DSP Azugu who was in Police uniform. They stormed a Chinese casino and were reported to have retrieved some GHC 3 million and an unknown number of gold bars.
As part of the raids, two journalists, as well as two Immigration officers who tried to intervene, were allegedly assaulted. The Amenfi West MP asks the IGP to investigate those assaults as well in his petition to the IGP.
“The media in town heard about this operation, they also rushed to the scene, but some of them were manhandled by the team. Two of the journalists were later rushed to the Catholic Hospital Asankrangwa for treatment,” The Amenfi MP lamented.
“…The operation brought a lot of tension within the town causing fear and panic among the people. As of now, there is tension in the constituency, all economic activities have been affected and there is a general feeling of insecurity among the local residents.”
He charged: “As the representative of the people, I demand a thorough investigation on the said operation by the D.S.P Samuel Azugu and his team. I also demand immediate action from the government to assure the people of Amenfi West of their personal liberties so that they can freely go about their normal economic activities,” Hon. Eric Afful demanded.