Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 9 October 2013
The Half Assini Police have arrested four armed robbers, including a Malian, who attacked and robbed passengers traveling from Elubo to Accra after shooting the driver.
They are Timothy Ackah, leader of the robbers, Kwaw Yankson, 29, Samuel Amanzule, 30, Gilbert Kwesi, 35, all Ghanaians and Abudulai, 25, a Malian national.
The Jomoro District Police Commander, Superintendent John Ferguson Dzineku made this known to the Ghana News Agency at Half Assini on Tuesday.
He said on Friday, September 27, 2013, at about 20:45 hours, the robbers and three others now at large, shot the front tyre of an Elubo-Accra bound bus at Kilometer 8 on the Elubo Highway, and also shot the driver, Mr Michael Kofi Ackah on the jaw when the vehicle came to a halt.
Superintendent Dzineku said the heavily-armed robbers later robbed the 14 passengers, who were mostly traders, of their money and fled into the bush before the Jomoro District Patrol Team arrived at the scene upon a call by a victim.
“The Team rushed the driver to the Eikwe Catholic hospital, from where he was later referred to the Effia Nkwanta Regional hospital due to his critical condition,” he said.
According to the Police Commander, on October 4 and October 5, the police upon a tip-off arrested the four robbers at their hideout at Elubo, and that a search conducted in their homes later led to the discovery of some offensive weapons.
Also discovered were a large side cutter, a locally made pistol, two empty “BB” Cartridges, eight life “BB” Cartridges, a double edge long knife, and quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, he added.
Superintendent Dzineku said the victims had identified the robbers at an identification parade at Half Assini, and that the police are searching for the other accomplices.