Police arrest owner of weapons found at Alabar

The two suspects

The two suspects

A Burkina Faso national, who has made Alabar, a Kumasi suburb, a transit for selling sophisticated weapons to people from West African countries and armed robbers, has been arrested by the police, here.

Moro Sata, 72, the suspect, told the police that he received weapons from Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Niger, among other neighbouring countries, and named his source of supply as Abdul Kadri Aria, an Ivorian.

Sata, according to the police, is the owner of the large number of ammunitions and weapons recovered from a house at Alabar during a special operation carried out last Saturday night, upon a tip-off.

The weapons included 45 automatic sidearms, 11 A-K 47 assault rifles, 10 G-3 weapons, one clocking handing, one machine gun, four firing pins, as well as quantities of ammunitions, including G-3 automatic, AAA and 12.7mm.

Briefing newsmen here yesterday, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, said the weapons were found in the room of Sata following a search after the arrest and that he had claimed ownership of the weapons.

The police said Sata claimed he had been selling the weapons locally and distributed some to other neighboring countries at war.

The police said four suspected robbers said to have bought weapons from Sata, had been arrested and would soon be prosecuted but their names were not immediately available as investigations were on-going.

DCOP Boakye urged the public to volunteer information that could assist in the arrest of suspected armed robbers.

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