Lynched suspected armed robbers identified

Two suspected armed robbers, who were lynched on Thursday at Tojeh near Kasseh, in the Greater Accra Region, have been identified by their families.

They are Emmanuel Hogar, 25, from Korlekope near Kasseh, Ada, and Sulley Mohammed, 27, from Sogakope Zongo, South Tongu District.

Chief Superintendent of Police George Andrews Kumah, Ada Divisional Police Commander, confirmed the names to the GNA on Friday, at Kasseh.

He said at about 6.30pm on Thursday, January 31, the two robbers engaged the service of a motorcycle, popularly known as “okada”, at Kasseh to convey them to a community beyond Tojeh, on the Accra-Aflao highway, but the rider declined because he suspected them to be criminals.

Chief Sup Kumah said the robbers approached another rider, who accepted to convey them to their destination.

Just after Tojeh, the robbers requested the motorcycle rider to stop, and the other stabbed the victim with a sharp object.

Chief Sup Kumah indicated that the two robbers snatched the motorcycle and left the victim in a pool of blood, but some people who were trailing them, arrested the motorcycle riders with the help of some youth.

He said the youth pelted the robbers with stones and other objects killing one before the police arrived at the spot.

Chief Sup Kumah said the police conveyed the second robber to the hospital in a critical condition but he also died shortly on arrival.

He said the victim, whose name was not given, had been treated and discharged at the same hospital, where the bodies of the robbers were being kept pending investigations.

The District Police Commander appealed to the public to avoid mob action, adding, “As much as we encourage public vigilance to aid police fight crime, we discourage mob action and instant justice, because when suspects die it prevents investigation.”

Motorcycle snatching and killing and maiming of riders are becoming rampant in the Ada West and East districts. – GNA

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