U/West police arrest 2 armed robbers

The Upper West Regional Police Command has arrested two suspected armed robbers including Fusieni Siakare, described as the ‘kingpin’ recruiting people into a robbery gang, terrorising residents, mostly travellers in the region.

The arrest was done in collaboration with the Tumu Police, as the gang was in the act of robbing travellers at Lyssa, a village along the Bazine-Nandom road, after they block the trunk road.

 

The Upper West Regional Deputy Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Ndekugri, told journalists that the incident happened on January 29, this year when the robbers attacked the occupants of five vehicles, including three private cars and two sprinter buses as well as several motorbike riders.

The suspects, he said,  conducted their illegal operation wielding guns, cutlasses and cudgels, robbed their victims of cell phones, laptops, cash and other valuable belongings.

According to ACP Ndekugri, the police affected the arrest after gathering intelligence on Wednesday 30th January, 2019, that some people, suspected of robbery the previous day were lodging at a guest house in Tumu.

He said the police quickly moved to the guest house and arrested the suspects Siakare, 47, and Ali Sulaman, 27, believed to be a Fulani herdsman, who was on the police wanted list for allegedly engaging in multiple robberies.

ACP Ndekugri added that, the police recovered 16 mobile phones, money, Ipad, and a cutlass from the suspects, and arrested a 24-year-old woman, Zulaiha Ishmael, said to be the fiancé of Siakare.

The two suspects, who appeared before the Wa High Court, have been remanded and are to appear again before court on February 5, 2019.

According to Siakare, he was trained as an armed robber by a friend in Togo, and that, he has been in robbery for more than four years with a gang in Ghana and sometimes crossing over to Burkina Faso for operations.

 

“Today my cup is full and the law court will tell whatever I deserve”, Siakare said last Friday during the police encounter with Journalists in Wa.

 

The Upper West Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Reynolds Manteaw, said the suspects would assist police to trail others involved in robberies, but were at large.

He gave the assurance that the police would maintain law and order so that citizens could go about their normal duties without fear or intimidation.

Chief Sup Manteaw also appealed to the general public to volunteer information to the police to enable them to arrest criminals. – GNA

 

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