15 arrested for stealing herds of cattle

The Yeji Police in the Pru District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, arrested 15 people, including an Assemblyman, Chumba Daniel, for allegedly stealing 13 cattle at Kamanpa, a village in the district yesterday.

The suspects, the police disclosed, after stealing the cattle belonging to Alhaji Berete, a Fulani, slaughtered and sold them to the public.

The suspects are; Kwabena Pani, 35, Kofi Chuki, 39, John Lipobil, 41, Kwadwo Frimpong, 39, Birigbaa Toobi, 70, Wusil George, 39, Birigna Belegba, 34, Stephen Konja, 28, Kofi Osei, 42, Kwadwo Donkor, 38, Badoviima Samuel, 33, and Kwasi Kangare, 36.

Briefing the media at Sunyani, Superintendent Alhaji Mahama Arhin, the Regional Crime Officer, said Yaw Bindam, one of the suspects, shot the cattle owner in the rib when he went to the scene and was rushed to the Techiman Holy Family Hospital, but later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi for treatment.

The Crime Officer said the action of the suspects was borne out of envy because they did not support the idea of the chief of the village, Nana Kwabena Wande II, to allow the Fulani to settle there with his cattle.

Supt. Arhin said the suspects, after the incident fled until their arrest yesterday.

He said on February 14, 2015, Tapoi Banyele one of them killed four of the cattle and informed his accomplices who killed the additional nine, the next day.

The suspects while carrying out their nefarious act, painted their faces black to avoid identification.

About a month ago, the Fulani man is said to have gone to Nana Kwabena Wande II, to request for a place to settle to which the chief obliged, but this seemed not to have gone well with the suspects, hence, their act.

DSP Abraham Bansah, the Pru District Police Commander, who led the arrest of the suspects disclosed, the police got wind of the crime two days after the incident.

He said cattle stealing is very rampant in the area and warned that the police would arrest and prosecute perpetrators of the crime.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani   

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