A suspected robber said to be very notorious and eluding police for some time now, has finally been arrested.
Jallo Djani, said to have undertaken deadly robberies in the Kumasi metropolis and beyond, was arrested with his colleagues who were using some amulets for their operations.
The accomplices were named as Jallo Mumuni Birigi, Abraham Kwaku Sarpong (Asuo), Ibrahim Abass, Matthew Gyedu (Zion), Philip Obeng and Abdul Suba (Tonga).
Two AK-47 assault rifles were retrieved from Birigi during the arrest, and he was said to have hired out the weapons to other robbery syndicates.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Kofi Boakye, who briefed newsmen here, said the suspects had confessed to a number of robberies in and around the Kumasi metropolis.
“Police intelligence revealed him and his group as executors of deadly robberies in Ashanti in recent times,” COP Boakye said, pointing at Jallo Djani who stood with his group with some objects suspected to be charms around his neck and a pot in front of him.
COP Boakye mentioned some of them as being behind the recent murder of a police constable at a guest house at Techiman-Dekyemouso in Kumasi, and the robbing of the Assemblyman of Manso Abore on August 8, last year.
Jallo Djani allegedly shot and wounded the victim, before the group made away with their booty of GH¢18,000 and an unspecified quantity of gold.
He said the group was also involved in a recent highway robbery at Bokankye, on the Akropong Highway, where they opened fire on a passenger vehicle, wounding several passengers on board.
COP Boakye further linked the suspects to recent attacks on a small-scale mining site at Dollar Power, near Bole in the Northern Region, and on Chinese miners at Manso in Ashanti.
COP Boakye disclosed that the police got to know of the groups involvement in armed robberies from two gang members (now deceased) who they arrested some months ago.
“The arrest of Kwaku Yeboah (Kwaku Gao) and Michael Agyeman, at Ejisu with two AK 47 assault rifles confirmed Jallo and his group in robberies in the region. When the two were taking the police to arrest their accomplices and retrieve other weapons, the Police personnel came under attack from unknown people, resulting in the death of the two suspects,” he indicated.
He said the Police later arrested Abraham Kwaku Sarpong, Ibrahim Abass, Matthew Gyedu, Kwaku DD, Abdul Salam Suba and Tonga, whose confessions confirmed Jallo and Toaghtoa, Action and others, now at large, as members of the gang.
“Jallo Djani was finally arrested from his hideout at Akatsi in the Volta Region, and he confessed his crime and mentioned Jallo Mumuni Birigi as his master” COP Boakye noted.
DCOP pointed out further that Jallo Mumuni Birigi (Jallo Senior) was arrested at Effiduase with a foreign made pistol.
Meanwhile, Jallo Djani had told the police that Birigi had about nine AK-47 assault rifles which he hires out to robbers, confirming the intelligence that police had earlier.
The Regional Police Commander said the police were working to retrieve the rest of the guns from Jallo Mumuni Birigi, and were also on a manhunt for suspects Jande Abdulai Bayaro of Akate, near Afram Plains in the Eastern Region, Abudu Bolaro and Sariki, both from Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region, Toaghtoa of Adankwame in Kumasi, Fuesini of Ashaiman in Accra and one Ibrahim.
The others, he mentioned, were Saliu Alhaji of Yeji, Diallo Jallo, (Area) and Tomatoma (both Fulanis), Baidoo, (Mistalo), Muntalla Mussah, a dismissed policeman, Isaac Nyateh Adusei (Alonso) and Emmanuel Adusei (Tupac).
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi