Barely a week ago when two policemen and a civilian were arrested for their involvement in robbery at Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region, three security personnel and five civilians, are in trouble for car snatching in Accra.
Six of them, including Corporal Bismark Ntim, 32, also known as Striker, and Lance Corporal Francis Opoku Gyau, 29, both of the Special Weapon and Tactics Unit (SWAT) of the Accra Regional Police Command, have been arrested.
The two others, a National Security Operative, Erasmus Adama Nketia, 29, also known as Alhaji who is believed to be the leader of the gang and Yaw Adjekum Ajare, are on the run and being sought for by the police.
The suspects were arrested by the Kaneshie Divisional Police Command.
The rest Nana Ntim Gyakari, 36, driver, George Eshun, 29, businessman, Urey Harris Koufi, 32, businessman and Nana Ntim Gyakari, 28, social worker.
They are alleged to have colluded to snatch some vehicles in the Accra metropolis.
The suspected criminals hired the services of taxi drivers from Kumasi in the Ashanti and Agona Swedru in the Central regions and later rob them of their vehicles.
The policemen among the gang would usually stop the vehicles allegedly hired by their accomplices and tell them they were under arrest and handcuff them without disclosing their offence.
The would abundon the drivers in the bush and take the cars away, change the number plates and colours and sell them.
Seven of the said cars have since been retrieved and impound by the police.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Timothy Yoosa Bonga at a news conference in Accra yesterday, said that on July 15 at about 4:30pm, Donkor hired the services of a taxi cab with registration number GW 7087-15, which was driven by Benjamin Abonyin from Agona Swedru to Accra for a fare of GH¢180.
He said on arrival in Accra at about 8:30pm Donkor instructed the victim to drive to Cocoa Clinic at Kaneshie in Accra, for his boss to pay the fare.
The Police Commander said upon arrival at the Clinic, Corporal Ntim and Lance Corporal Gyau together with Nketia, currently on the run, who was their supposed boss arrived in a private Nissan Almera vehicle with an unregistered number plate to meet Donkor and the driver.
ACP Bonga said Donkor and the victim were engaged in a confrontation over the fare, during the confrontation the other accomplices ordered them to join the unregistered vehicle abandoning the taxi.
He said immediately they drove off, the police men compelled the taxi driver to lie down in the back seat of the vehicle while they sat on him, seized his phone and the ignition key to the taxi.
The Police Commander said the police handcuffed the taxi driver and Donkor, and accused them of an undisclosed offence.
“On their way, the policemen interrogated Donkor and accused him of being a criminal and the taxi driver being his accomplice. Donkor told the police that the driver was innocent so Nketia should pay the driver and let him go whilst they settle their difference,” he said.
ACP Bonga said the suspect drove to Awudome roundabout where they withdrew a cash sum of ¢600 from an MTN vendor, but they refuse to pay the driver for his services.
He said Erasmus alighted from the car and rushed to where the taxi cab was parked and drove it away, adding that the victim was eventually released by the Policemen.
The Police Commander said the driver went to where the cab was but it was, nowhere to be found and reported to the Kaneshie Police.
ACP Bonga said on August 2, the suspects through the same modus snatched another taxi cab at North Industrial area, in Accra.
He appealed to the public who had fallen victims to such robbery to report to the Police and urged drivers to install car tracking devices on their cars.
A Police source disclosed that Nketia was arrested in February this year at Tema for fraud.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi