1 November 2012

Ghana: Police Arrest More Armed Robbers in Accra

A gang of notorious armed robbers, alleged to be terrorising filling stations around Teshie and its surroundings, has been busted by the police.

The suspects, George Jabal, an ex-convict, 22, a Nigerian national and a labourer, Richard Elemawusi Gagbe, 26, a car washer, and Dela Anane, 24, an Aviation Security Officer at the Kotoka International Airport, and one other at large, allegedly attacked a provisions store at the Greda Estate roundabout near Teshie.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Patrick Eden Timbilla, stated at a press briefing in Accra yesterday, that on October 26, 2012, at about 8:30 p.m., the police information room had a distress call that some men, armed with an AK 47 rifle and other offensive weapons, had robbed a provisions shop at Greda Estates.

According to him, a team of police personnel was quickly dispatched to the crime scene, but the robbers, upon seeing the police, scaled over a wall into a house. The police managed to comb the area for three hours and arrested the suspects.

The robbers, according to the police, succeeded in robbing their victim of an amount of GH¢440, and also in the course of the operation, fired a gun shot into the roof of the shop to scare people from pursuing them.

Police investigations further disclosed that one of the robbers sustained gunshot wounds and managed to escape. The Regional Police Command has appealed to hospitals and other medical facilities to be on the lookout and report anybody with gunshot injuries to the police for the necessary action.

In another development, the Accra Regional Police Command, on October 25, 2012, at about 2:30 p.m., had a tip off that a 50 year old driver, Adjei Ali, had recruited armed robbers to attack and rob a company of several millions of cedis at Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra.

The alleged robbers were named as Philip Appiah, 26, unemployed, Joseph Nwai, 25, a labourer, and Nii Okai Mubarak, 23.

According to COP Timbilla, his outfit quickly dispatched a team of undercover police personnel to the scene. He said before the arrival of the police, Philip Appiah and Joseph Nwai had taken position waiting for Adjei.

The police immediately accosted Adjei Ali, Joseph Nwai and Nii Okai Mubarak and arrested them.

A search on them revealed a locally manufactured pistol and a cutlass. Upon interrogation, the suspects admitted the offence of planning to rob the company.

They are currently in custody assisting the police in investigations.

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