Duala Marketers in Fear Weeks after Armed Robbery

first_imgLast month a manhunt by the Liberian National Police (LNP) got underway for a masked gunman described as very tall with a sharp nose, who robbed two stores using a silver pistol. There has been no word of the perpetrator’s arrest or any justice for Mr. Adah, 50, who sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand during the robbery.“Thank God the bullet entered in my palm and exited through the back of my hand,” he stated.Mr. Adah, a Nigerian national living on Bushrod Island and the owner of Wali Trading Center, can still remember the night he came face to face with a man wearing a black cotton mask and black clothes. In his hand was a loaded pistol and according to Mr. Adah, the unidentified gunman, who was very tall demanded that he hand over all of the money from his shop.Mr. Adah said he refused and a tussle broke out as he tried to keep the robber from shooting a second round following the first one that was shot in the air.“He asked me to give him my money. I asked him if he was joking and that’s when he told me “you must want to die,” and fired a warning shot to let me know that his gun was real. When he tried firing at me after he saw I had no intention of giving him my money, we started fighting for the gun and that’s when he pulled the trigger and shot me in my hand,” he added.At that point, stated Mr. Adah, he had given up the struggle and the attacker cleared his money from behind the counter and walked out of his shop with ease as if nothing had happened. The gun was in plain sight as bystanders watched in fear, unsure of who next would get shot.The gunman continued his robbing spree which took less than 20 minutes. His next stop led him across the street to a Fullah shop where he took almost every phone and Liberian dollars that the shop had earned.Since the armed robbery, it has been chaos in terms of shops closing earlier than normal and business people afraid of the darkness that settles over Duala market at night. Before the incident, many business places, marketers and vendors would sell until 10:30 p.m. for the customers who find themselves leaving work late. But now what remains in the Duala Market after 8:00 p.m. is the panic that everyone felt the night Mr. Adah was shot.“I’ve been losing a lot of money since that night because my market is cold goods like chicken feet and chicken wings. I have to stay out here sometimes until 10 p.m. in order for all to be sold because I do not have money to store it back in a freezer,” stated Ma. Jubeh.Ma Jubeh is now forced to sell her goods at very low prices once 6:00 p.m. reaches. Before the shooting, she sold her chicken feet at L$40 and her chicken wings at L$50. But for fear that the masked gunman could come back she sells her chicken feet at L$20 and her chicken wings at L$30 after dark.“By 8:00 p.m., you can’t find me anywhere in the streets. Anything leaves, my family and I usually boil it and sell it in the morning as peppeh feet,” she added.Ma Jubeh is not the only one living in fear. Taxi drivers, motorcyclists, shop owners and ordinary civilians who have to walk through Duala at night are all in fear of being the next victim. By 10 p.m. Duala is like a ghost town. No one is in sight except those who drink too much alcohol lingering around and looters and other criminals looking to snatch their next hand bag or such.Anyone having information that could help in the arrest and investigation of the described suspect is asked to contact your nearest police zone. The gunman is described as being 5’10, medium weight, dark skinned, with a pointed nose. He was wearing black pants, boots, a sweater and a ski mask that covered his face except for the nose and eyes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fivestar destinations where Aussies get luxury for less

first_img$180 Christchurch, New Zealand Average prices paid per night for five-star accommodation by travellers from Australia in 2016, in AUD Pattaya, Thailand Manila, Philippines Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam $198 $174 $163 $143 $192 Rotorua, New Zealand $198 $197 Hanoi, Vietnam World Class Qualia Luxury Resort in Hamilton Island AustraliaFive-star destinations where Aussies get luxury for lessFor Aussies who dream of living the millionaire lifestyle – but on an affordable budget – the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™ has revealed eighteen destinations globally where Aussie travellers nabbed five-star hotel luxury for $200 or less per night in 2016, with Southeast Asian favourites leading the pack.For the second year running, top-of-the-range luxury was enjoyed for far less in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, which came out on top as the best-value destination among those analysed for five-star accommodation under $200 per night. The average price paid* for a five-star hotel room in Siem Reap in 2016 was $140 per night.The vibrant streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came in as the second-most affordable destination for five-star accommodation where the average price paid for a luxury hotel room was only $143 per night. A five-star room in the beachside town of Pattaya in Thailand ($163) and in Istanbul, Turkey ($170) also topped the list of destinations where Aussies nabbed lavish accommodation for under $200 per night.The HPI is a regular report on accommodation prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of accommodations on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Backyard bargainsBack home, popular Australian destinations offered premier accommodation on a shoestring budget, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra and Perth all coming in under $200 per night in the average price paid for a five-star hotel room. Across the ditch, Aussies will be saying ‘Kia Ora’ to the affordable hotel prices Rotorua and Christchurch offered in 2016, at just $170 and $176 per night respectively for a five-star room.David Spasovic, marketing manager Australia and New Zealand for the Hotels.com brand, said: “Luxury hotels can be extremely pricey— but they don’t have to be if you’re a smart traveller. The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index showcases exotic and culturally-rich destinations around the world where Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation on a lemonade budget.“With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals and user-friendly technology, Hotels.com is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.“For access to even better savings on hotel rooms and the bonus of booking while you’re on the go, download the Hotels.com mobile app,” he said.Destinations where Aussies splashed their cashThe latest Hotels.com HPI revealed that Anaheim in the United States took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at an eye-watering $870 per night. Mykonos in the Greece ($622), Cancun in Mexico ($598), Florence in Italy ($570) and Hawaii’s Honolulu ($558) came in second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively.Destinations where Australians paid $200 or less per night for five-star accommodation in 2016: $179 Canberra, Australia Perth, Australia $192 Berlin, Germanycenter_img $140 Brisbane, Australia Penang, Malaysia $173 $197 $170 Cairns, Australia $170 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $176 $194 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Adelaide, Australia Bangkok, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia Istanbul, Turkey Destination $186 Source = Hotels.comlast_img read more