2 landguards arrested at Weija

TWO landguards, who have been terrorising residents at Weija, a suburb of Accra, have been arrested by the Police.

Ibrahim Seidu, 21, and Sani Mohammed, 22, said to be threatening developers and robbing residents at gun-point, were grabbed by a joint military-police patrol team in a taxi-cab during a dawn operation on Thursday.

A locally manufactured pistol, three machetes and some bullets were retrieved from them.

The Weija District Police Commander, Shiabu Osei, confirmed the arrest to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, and said the police had begun investigations into the matter and would put the suspects before court on Monday.

According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Jerry Kwei Thompson, the two persons were arrested by security personnel at Weija Junction during a patrol.

He said the two were believed to be part of a notorious group that had been terrorising and robbing residents at Weija and its environs.

He said their modus operandi was to drive about in a taxi especially in the evenings with a lady at the back seat as a passenger, and when another person joins the vehicle, they would then drive that person to a solitary place and rob him of his belongings.

He said apart from using a taxi to rob residents during the day and in the evenings, the group had also formed a gang of landguards that goes about threatening developers and landowners in the area.

Mr. Thompson recalled an instance in which the group opened fire on residents at Oblogo in broad daylight, resulting in several injuries.

The assembly had therefore deployed military and police personnel in the area to help curb the menace, he said, and cautioned traditional rulers behind the landguards to desist from supporting their activities, or face the wrath of the assembly.

By Charles Amankwa        

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