2 suspected robbers lynched

Untitled-1Two suspected armed robbers were lynched by a mob at Jirapa, in the Upper West Region, on Sunday.

The suspects, alleged to be part of a gang terrorising residents, were beaten and set ablaze at the Nayiri Park, Jirapa.

They were Ali Gariba and Abass Mugtari.

Their two accomplices, Tang Konrad and Dodaa Kuukura, were rescued by the police, and are currently at the Upper West Regional Hospital, receiving treatment.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times here yesterday, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent Joy K. Afagbedzi, said the police were yet to effect any arrest.

He said sometime in the year, Tang Konrad was arrested by residents for stealing some electricity poles and taken to the police station.

In his caution statement, he admitted the offence and mentioned Dodaa Kuukura and Ali Gariba, as his accomplices.

Subsequently, they were placed before the Jirapa Magis-trate Court, where Konrad again pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

According to ASP Afagbedzi, following his conviction, the police decided to use him as a prosecution witness against his accomplices, but when the police issued a warrant of GOLAR to the prison for his release, the police was informed that he had been released by a higher court upon appeal, two months into serving his sentence.

ASP Afagbedzi indicated that the presence of Konrad in town apparently did not go down well with some of the residents.

He said at about 5 a.m., on Sunday, Dodaa Kuukura, one of the accomplices, went to Akpora, a suburb of Jirapa on motorbike to steal a goat. He was spotted and an alarm was raised, but he managed to escape, leaving behind his motorbike which was set ablaze by the youth.

Having finished burning the motorbike, the youth mounted a search for him and managed to smoke him out of his hideout and started beating him up.

According to ASP Afagbedzi, the mob proceeded to search for the three other accomplices, laid hands on them and started beating them up.

Someone informed the police who rushed to the scene and managed to rescue them.

From Cliff Ekuful Wa

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