Police arrests two robbers
The Western Regional Police Command has arrested two armed robbers who are members of a robbery syndicate along the Sefwi-Humijibre-Wassa-Akwaso road of the Western Region.
The suspects, Elisha Akaliba, 27, alias Osofo, who hails from Pusiga in the Upper East Region, and Anthony Adane, 28, alias Kofi Bono, an indigene of Goka in the Brong-Ahafo Region were suspected to be members of a robbery syndicate in the Ashanti Region.
Some of the items retrieved from them included one G3 rifle, a powerful military weapon, SG 540 rifle with 29 live ammunition, one pump action gun, one SG shot gun with five rounds of live ’AAA’ cartridges, two AK 47 rifles and one live ammunition, one black mask and three mobile phones concealed in a fertilizer bag, as well as an amount of GHc700.
The Western Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, told journalists in Sekondi, on Thursday that, the Command would not relent on its efforts at combating armed robbery and other criminal activities in the Region.
He said with the impending cocoa season, particularly in the northern sector of the Region, the Command had increased the police taskforce in those areas, and intensified snap checks, patrols and road blocks there so as to improve security and ensure peace and harmony for the citizenry.
He said 30 police personnel had been deployed to the Tarkwa Divisional Command to boost patrols along Tarkwa/Bogoso/Wassa Akropong route in view of the recent robbery cases recorded on that stretch.
The DCOP entreated the residents in those areas to be vigilant and alert and report people with suspicious characters to the Divisional Police Command or the Regional Police Command for immediate action.
Explaining how the two suspects were apprehended, DCOP Boakye, said the Sefwi-Wiawso Divisional Police Taskforce on routine patrol on Saturday, October 19, around 1400 hours, intercepted a taxi cab with registration number-AS 3757-12, which was being driven by one Emmanuel Akaah from Sefwi-Bekwai towards Diaso with five passengers on board.
He said a search conducted on the vehicle retrieved the weapons and the live ammunition, which Akaliba claimed ownership.
Akaliba, however said the items belonged to Anthony Adane and, therefore, led the police to the latter’s house in Diaso in the Central Region to effect his arrest.
When Adane was arrested, he also claimed one Abdulai from Bawku asked him to convey the weapons to him at the Aguaba Jewellery at Ash Town in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The suspects would be arraigned before court for prosecution while police investigations are underway to arrest Abdulai, who is believed to be the leader of the robbery syndicate.