3 Soldiers Arrested For Robbery

Three soldiers were arrested by the Kumasi police for allegedly robbing a small-scale mining firm at Asepaye in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region on Sunday night.

Lance Corporal Yeboah Samuel, L/Cpl. da Costa Aboagye and L/Cpl. Baffour Michael, from the Burma Camp in Accra, were picked with three civilians, while trying to escape with their booty.

Police sources said the soldiers who were in uniform and fully armed, with their accomplices allegedly went to the mining site, Prime Gem, and demanded from the workers gold and money.

They used heavy metals to break the door containing the gold ore and took it away, together with mercury and some money.

After further searches, the suspects left in a Toyota Landcruiser with registration number GR 2450-12 driven by Jonathan Yeboah, a galamsey operator.

The victims, then alerted the police and a patrol team quickly moved to the scene and bumped into the six suspects.

The suspects then took to their heels but were pursued by the police and arrested.

The police found on them a bowl containing the gold ore.

The soldiers are currently in police custody, while investigations continue.

They have since been identified by the victims as the perpetrators of the robbery attack.

Henry, said the military men “requested for heavy metals to break the door. They took the metals and started breaking it”.

“They took the black; the black is what is processed to obtain the gold, it was a bowl-full, they took our mercury and then continued to ask us for money,” he said.

Meanwhile, the military command in Kumasi has requested that the men be handed over to it for further investigations.

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