General News of Sunday, 10 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Notorious robber gunned down

The leader of a notorious four-member armed robbery gang has been killed in a shoot-out with the police at Akim Oda in the Eastern Region.

The gang had been attacking expatriates and forex bureaux in the Accra metropolis.

The leader, identified as Samsudeen Attukwei Clottey, aged 34, was alleged to have led the gang to attack three expatriates and a forex bureau at Dzorwulu this year.

Two members of the gang, Mahamadu Amadu, 24, and Jalilu Masawudu, 24, were arrested on Wednesday, but the police have mounted a search for a third member of the gang who is on the run.

According to the Accra Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Patrick Timbilla, two victims of the armed robbery attack, had been flown to their respective countries, Germany and Spain where were said to be in criticial condtition

He said the gang which attacked the forex bureau made away with $90,000.00, GHc 33,000.00, £3,300.00, 350 Canadian dollars , a laptop computer and four mobile phones from the PL Forex Bureau at Dzorwulu.

Mr Timbilla said for sometime now, the attack on expatriates had been a source of grave concern to the Police Administration.

He said selective attacks were very dangerous so the police set out to look for them.

Intelligence gathered by the police revealed that the attacks were perpetrated by Attukwei and his gang.

He said Amadu and Masawudu were first arrested at their hide out at Dzorwulu, following intelligence report.

During a search in their rooms, the police retrieved one pump action gun, two pistols, machetes, live armunitions and other dangerous implements.

The Commander said the gang had perpetuated a number of armed robbery attacks and were the same people who allegedly attacked Mr Kan Dapaah, a former Member of Parliament in Accra in 2012.

He said on January 26,2013 at 8:04am, Attukwei and his men armed with pistols attacked the PL Forex Bureau at Dzorwulu, held four workers hostage before robbing them of a laptop computer, four mobile phones and various sums of money.

Mr Timbilla said a customer to the forex bureau, Mr Mustapha Karima, an Egyptian Diplomat ,aged 44, who was transacting business in the PL Forex Bureaux at the time of the attack was shot in the forehead and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was said to be responding to treatment

He said on February 1,2012 at about 12:05am, another victim, Christiana Lopez Madina, aged 35, Spanish national and financial manager of Maxim Ghana Limited, dealers in explosives, was returning home from work on a Toyota Fortuner 4X4 with registration number GT 9804-10.

He said on reaching the entrance of her residence at Dzorwulu, two men, using an unregistered motor bike, and armed with two pistols suddenly attacked and shot her at the back and made away with her hand bag containing some personal items.

The Commander said the victim was rushed to the 37 Military hospital in Accra, but was later referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Her condition started deteriorating so he was flown to Spain for further treatment.

Again the robbers struck again on February 3 2013, at 9:30 They allegedly attacked one Patrick Martins, a German, working with German Association Technology, and shot him in the right shoulder through the windscreen.

He asserted that the victim was on his way home from Ridge Accra with a Ghanaian German friend, Naomi Debadzo ,aged 26, in his VW Tuareg with registration Number GE 7616-12

Mr Timbilla said the robbers stole GHC 200.00, Ipad phone, Omega wrist watch from them and bolted.

He said Patrick was admitted at the Nyaho Clinic but had also been flown to Germany for further treatment.

He said the activities of the four armed robbers became a source of worry to the police who placed them on their most wanted list.

On February 6,2013, at about 10:30am, acting on an intelligence report, the police arrested the two suspects, Masahamed, a resident of Opeikuma-Kasoa and Amadu, also a resident of Achimota.