23 November 2012

Ghana: Armed Robber Graduates to Narcotic Business

A 32-year old notorious criminal, who has specialized in snatching Toyota brands of vehicles, and has been on the police wanted list since 2009, has finally been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command.

The suspect - Yaw Afrifa - a native of Asante-Mampong, when arrested, told the police, "I have stopped robbery and now in narcotic business, notably cocaine."

The police were completely dumbfounded and could not utter a word. According to the Accra Regional Commander, COP Patrick Eden Timbila, the suspect was arrested on November 14, 2012 at Dansoman upon a tip-off that he had come to Accra to start his robbery activities.

He added that most of his accomplices were serving jail terms, which includes Isaac Addae, alias Pozo. Yaw Gyamfi was also arrested with a case pending in Kumasi, and Iddrisu Baba, alias Addis Ababa, who was sentenced to 20 years, but died in prison.

During interrogation, suspect Yaw Afrifa indicated that his main partner (name withheld) had been exporting narcotics to Belgium, and claims he prepares the stuff for swallowing by his partner for a fee of US$4,000 per 1.2 kilos.

"Yaw Afrifa has many robbery cases pending against him in Kumasi, and will be transferred there to assist with investigations, after he has been processed in Accra," he noted

Meanwhile, three people have been busted by the Accra Regional Criminal Investigative Department for snatching a taxi cab from its owner at Tudu, a suburb of Accra. They are currently in police custody

The suspects are Nii Ayikwe Boye, 23, a driver and native of Korle-Gonno, Prosper Kugbemanya, 20, a mechanic and resident of the Buduburam refugee camp near Kasoa, and Michael Osei, 24, a gold smith and native of Mankessim, but resides in Dansoman.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Patrick Eden Timbilla noted that on November 21, 2012, at about 2:55 a.m., Elvis Boadi reported to the Dansoman Police that at about 2:30 a.m. on the same day, he was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer taxi cab with registration number GS 3942-12 which two young men had hired from Tudu to Dansoman .

Elvis Boadi, according to police source, on reaching a spot at Ebenezer down near Dansoman, the suspects attacked and pulled him from his taxi and sped off.

COP Timbilla said at about 3:00 a.m. the same day, the Accra Regional CID patrol team, upon intelligence, intercepted the said taxi and arrested the driver and occupants at Sakaman junction. Upon interrogation, the suspects admitted the offence, and would be charged with the offence of robbery and put before court as soon as possible.

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