Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 12 July 2014
Four armed robbers including an eighteen-year-old female student, Zachia Abdulai Sofo, have been rounded up by the Ashanti Regional police in a special swoop.
The others were Sharif Abdulai, 18, a galamseyer, Sadik Mohamed alias Zinga 30, and Daniel Gyamfi alias JD, 28 years.
The robbers, police say, have been involved in a number of residential robberies in and around Kotei new site, Ayeduase, Ejisu and some hostels on the KNUST campus.
Offensive weapons including a pistol, knives and crowbars were retrieved from their hideout.
At a press briefing, the regional police commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye stated that the stock in robbery for these robbers were electronic gadgets.
“After they have succeeded in stealing these things, they send items to one Fred Owusu, an IT specialist who removes any tracking device and cleans data off the equipments to be sold off,” he narrated.
DCOP Kofi Boakye however indicated that there were still others on the run as it was a twenty (20) member gang. He assured that they had their names and some pictures to aid an ongoing operation to get them arrested.
He was emphatic that the region is gradually witnessing a drop in violent crime as the police and other security agencies are teaming up to fight crime.
He warned that any group of persons trying to disturb the peace will be foiled and dealt with.
DCOP Kofi Boakye further reassured residents in the region of the commitment of the police to use all legal means available to it, to curb violent crime to ensure their safety.