Police Nab Car-Jacker

ALBERT NAJA STANDING BY THE CAR HE STOLE (1)A self-styled businessman, Albert Naja, 32, who feigned interest in buying a car from its owner but rather bolted with it, has been arrested.

He is alleged to have lured the owner, Ms. Emelda Dodaa, a business woman to accompany him in a car to the Barclays bank branch on the Ring Road  to pay money into her account, and shot her.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor disclosed that last February, Naja,  stopped Ms. Dodaa near the Fiesta Royal traffic lights, Dzorwulu, Accra in her Toyota RAV4, AS 7477-13, with the inscription  ‘For Sale’ on it.

Naja expressed interest in buying the car and subsequently asked, if he could test-drive it, to which Ms. Dodaa obliged.
After four days, when Naja was not forthcoming with the car, Ms. Dodaa asked him to return it.

On the fifth day, suspect surfaced with another car and picked Ms. Dodaa to the traffic lights area and asked that she joins him to the bank to enable him pay the money into her account.

On reaching Asylum Down, the suspect shot the lady and subsequently, started to drive  in a zig-zag manner to daze her. However, she managed to throw the pistol out of the car and this attracted the attention of some police personnel on duty.

Sensing danger, Naja pushed Ms. Dodaa out of the car, at the time  blood was oozing from her nose, and bolted. The police personnel rushed her to the Police Hospital for the bullet to be removed.

She has since been treated and discharged. COP Agblor said, his outfit started trailing the suspect until they had information that he had sold the car to somebody in Kumasi.

Investigators followed up to Kumasi and  arrested the buyer, awho subsequently led the police to Sofoline, a suburb of Kumasi where Naja was arrested on Sunday.

Naja is assisting with investigations after which, he would be put before court. He cautioned the public to be wary of prospective car buyers, since some of them are criminals.

In a related development, the CID have accosted  Charles Donkor, alias ‘Blackie’ 29, a notorious criminal, said to have committed several robberies, in Tema, Accra and their environs and  gone into hiding at Obuasi.

Upon intelligence and assistance of the Kumasi Police, he was arrested at his hideout.  Suspect is assisting with investigations, after which he would be put before the court. – Francis Asamoah Tuffour &
Grace Asare

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