The police have arrested the ring leader of an armed robbery syndicate, which has been terrorising and robbing students of the University for Development Studies (UDS) and residents of the Wa municipality of the Upper West Region.
Rahim Kasim, 25, was arrested when he attempted to bribe the police in order to retrieve his motorbike, which was in their custody.
The suspect has been on police wanted list for more than two years.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times here yesterday, the Upper West Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwasi Mensah Duku, said following several complaints of the snatching of motor bikes and harassment by the public, the police activated it’s surveillance team.
He said the team identified a syndicate that ride on motorbikes and attacked innocent people, inflicted cutlass wounds on them and robbed them of their motorbikes and personal belongings as well as raping female victims.
DCOP Duku said in one of the team’s operations, Rahim and his gang fled into the bush leaving a motorbike behind and the team impounded the motorbike and traced the ownership to Rahim.
He said the police decided to bate him by asking him to come for a negotiation in order for his motorbike to be released to him, for which he agreed.
According to DCOP Duku during the negotiations, Rahim offered an amount of GH¢300 in return of his motorbike and as a result the police fained interest in the whole deal.
DCOP Duku said on Tuesday November 24, an arrangement was made for the bike to be delivered to him in return for the money, and at about 10 a.m., the police arrested him at Wapani near the MTN office in the Wa municipality.
DCOP Duku said Rahim and his group engaged in robbery, rape and maiming of innocent citizens.
He said that on October 26 this year, Rahim and his gang attacked a female student of the UDS and his boyfriend at a junction near the Shakafatu Islamic Junior High School and robbed them of their personal property and GH¢25.50Gp.
Two Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) Automatic Teller Cards (ATM), Fidelity Bank ATM cards, two student identity cards and hospital ID cards.
The victims were also inflicted with cutlass wounds and were rushed to the hospital.
DCOP Duku appealed to the general public to support the police in the fight against crime in the region by reporting persons indulging in criminal act to the police for prompt action.
From Cliff Ekuful, Wa