Police arrest 7 robbers at Asankragwa

arrestSeven suspects have been arrested by the Asankragwa District Police Command for alleged robbery on the Moseaso-Asankragwa highway, in the Wassa Amenfi West District of the Western Region, on December 24, last year.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that the armed gang attacked a businessman but due to the casualties they suffered, they fled the scene. However, the police later arrested them at different locations.

The suspects — Ayipah, 21; Emmanuel Sonata, 22; Silas Bota, 24; Amos Coffie, 21; Thomas Adu, 20; Kwabena Ayarko, 23 and Daniel Obiri Korang, 24, all small-scale miners, had been detained for further investigations.

Briefing the Ghanaian Times, the Asankragwa District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Kingsley Owusu-Bempah, said at about 9.30pm, on Wednesday, December 24, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, a businessman at Asankragwa, reported to the police showing a bullet-riddled windscreen on his Mitsubishi pick-up.

The complainant, he said, narrated that while he drove from Moseaso to Asankragwa, about seven armed men ordered him to stop, and when he refused to comply, the armed men started firing gunshots with some of the bullets hitting his windscreen as he managed to escape unscathed.
DSP Owusu-Bempah told the Ghanaian Times that the police began its investigation and on the same day at 9.40pm, they received information that two of the suspects had gone to the Catholic Hospital at Asankragwa with one of their colleague who had sustained gunshot wounds on the thigh.

He said the police stormed to the hospital and arrested Ayipah, Sonata and Bota.
The District Police Commander said during investigations, the police detected that the three suspects were among the robbers who had attacked Mr. Yeboah and that whilst firing at the victim, a bullet hit one of the suspects.
“Later, the suspects mentioned names of their accomplices,” he added.
According to DSP Owusu-Bempah, on December 25, the police with the help of the Moseaso Watch Committee members, arrested Coffie, Adu, Ayarko and Obiri Korang, who then led the team to the outskirts of Moseaso to retrieve two out of the three guns they used in the robbery.

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