Two suspected robbers were killed during an exchange of fire with the police at Asafo Cement, in Kumasi, at dawn on Tuesday.
They were identified as Emmanuel Nyamekye, also known as ‘50 Cent’, and Kwadwo Asare, also known as Lumba.
Emmanuel Nyamekye and Kwadwo Asare were said to have been on police wanted list for allegedly shooting and robbing Nasiru Gulet of GH¢35,000 at his (Gulet’s) residence at Asokore Mampong in Kumasi on August 3, 2016.
The police also arrested a suspect, Yaw Gyimah, also known as Scorpion, in that robbery.
Gyimah, who confessed to be part of the attack, led the police to arrest another suspect, Isaac Ofosuhene and mentioned the names of the deceased as other accomplices.
Deputy Ashanti Region Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Osei Ampofo-Duku, said at a media encounter here, yesterday, that the two informed the police that they had planned with Nyamekye and Asare to rob a hotel near the Baba Yara Stadium, in Kumasi.
The Deputy Police Commander said the two deceased persons were lured to Asafo Cement area and when they arrived and realised that the people there were not their colleagues, but policemen, they opened fire and missed a target at one of the policemen.
ACP Ampofo-Duku said the police returned fire and killed Nyamekye on the spot, while the other died on the way to the hospital.
According to ACP Ampofo-Duku, Nyamekye was also on police wanted list for his alleged involvement in a robbery attack on a bakery at Bomso in Kumasi.
He said Nyamekye, wielding an AK-47 assault rifle, led three other suspects, Stephen Annor, (Kofi Elijah), Clement Kwabena Bahanga and Kwabena Owusu Mensah, now at large, to rob a bakery.
AC Ampofo-Duku said “they shot three customers, who had gone to do business, robbed them of an unspecified amount of money and bolted”.
He said that the suspects, Annor and Bahanga were arrested in Bolgatanga and sent to Kumasi while Owusu was identified by one of the victims at Juaben, Ashanti and arrested.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi