Store owners also accused the hijackers of creating fear amongst their customers, and said such condition does not augur well for their businesses. There are therefore appealing to the LNP to ensure protection for their customers and their goods.
Speaking to this paper over the weekend when a man identified as Turtle bone was caught allegedly stealing over LD$10,000.00 from a woman’s bag along the Gardnersville road, the marketers said due to the zogos presence in the market customers are afraid to buy their goods.
They said the situation has brought embarrassment to many of them as a result it is difficult for them to even make a thousand dollars a day, while at the same time customers too are worrying about their personal safety and that of their properties.
A businessman identified as Ousman Bangura threatened to kill any Zogo through supernatural signs if they steal either from him or disturb his customer by hijacking their belongings.
The marketers claimed that since the police drove many of the criminals from Broad Street and other communities many of them moved to the Red Light area to rain havoc on peaceful citizens.
As a result, the marketers have threatened to take the law into their hands if the police failed to remove the zogos from Red Light and other market places within the Paynesville vicinity.
One of the communities in which the zogos are disturbing peaceful citizens is the Jacob town-Naklay town community road where they have began hijacking cell-phones and other belongings as early as 5-6 A.M.
Because of the fear that the criminals have created along the Jacob town-Naklay road citizens have started traveling with knives and other harmful instruments to protect themselves while trying to get on the main road to embark on vehicles.
Police at Red Light and Jacob town said the lack of logistics is one of the factors for the proliferation of crimes in the Paynesville suburb but efforts are underway to address the crime rate in the area.
The Police admitted that indeed they have received several complaints from citizens about the criminal harassments being meted against them, as well the hijacking of properties; but they maintained that the police are not fully equipped to go after the criminals at night.
Police said the criminals move with dangerous instruments such as cutlasses and even single barrel guns especially at night, therefore the police force must be adequately equipped to combat crime.