Carapo residents allegedly threatened for 'protection money'
Northern Division officers are calling on residents of the Carapo district to aid them with their inquiries into allegations of extortion in the area.
It has been claimed that certain criminal elements in the area have been forcing some persons to pay “protection money” in order to be left alone.
As a result of this, officers of the division, under the supervision of Snr Sup Michael Daniel, conducted exercises in the district over the weekend in which several persons were detained and questioned.
However, police have noted that they need the assistance of members of the public in these affected communities to come forward and give statements.
Investigators said they understood that many persons were living in fear, however, unless these individuals came forward, the police were “between a rock and a hard place” as charges and prosecution could not be made against the detained men without appropriate evidence.
To help bolster faith in the police service, senior officials have indicated that are looking at re-opening a police post in the area, and to increase patrols.
Later this week, senior officers from the district, including Snr Sup Daniel, are also expected to a walkabout in the area.
More on this as it becomes available.