One more escapee re-arrested in Togo

Mr P.Y. Gyinae- Volta Regional Police Commander.ONE more of the seven suspected armed robbers who escaped from lawful custody at the Denu Police Station, on March 13, has been re-arrested.

This follows an operation carried out by a joint team of Ghanaian and Togolese police personnel.

Linus Ashitey, 31, was picked up at his hideout on Good Friday, at a spot near Anfoe, a village in the Republic of Togo, close to the frontier with Benin.

This brings to four, the number of the escapees re-captured in the past seven days.

A police spokesman at the Aflao Border Post who disclosed these to The Ghanaian Times on phone on Sunday said that, based on intelligence gathering, the police found that some of the remaining fugitives were hiding in Togo.

“So a Ghanaian police team, led by the Volta Regional Operations Commander, Chief Superintendent Mr E. K. Asare, liaised with the police in Togo to plan a joint operation to arrest the fugitives,” said the spokesman.

According to the spokesman, the joint team left for the village in Togo at about 3am and found Ashitey there, and arrested him.

“However, two Nigerians who were believed to have masterminded the escape by breaking the lock of the cells at the Denu Police Station, were not found there as expected,” he said.

The spokesman said that Ashitey was immediately arraigned before the Aflao Circuit Court and remanded in prison custody until April 15,” said the spokesman.

Prior to the Easter, three of the fugitives, Korku Azasu, alias Woyoo; Geroge Debrah and Stanley Awada, were remanded by the court, soon after the were re-captured at Agbozume.

When contacted, the Volta Regional Police Commander, Mr P. Y. Gyinae, confirmed the arrest of Ashitey and said that the police were seriously looking for the remaining fugitives who were also believed to be hiding in Togo.

Meanwhile, a fetish priest at Aflao and his three sons, have also been arrested for allegedly aiding the fugitives.

They were said to have received the AK 47 assault rifles which the escapees took away from the Denu Police Station, and buried them before they performed rituals which they claimed would fortify the fugitives spiritually.

One of the rifles has so far been retrieved by the police.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho

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