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General News of Thursday, 1 March 2018

Source: citifmonline.com

24-year-old robber, accomplice arrested with guns in Accra

Some of the seized items from the alleged robber

Following a series of robberies in and around Accra, the Police have arrested two suspected armed robbers in two separate raids.

One of the suspects, Mohammed Iddrisu Ziblim, 24 years, was arrested on his way back from a robbery operation.

Some items retrieved from the two suspects include two pistols, one G3 rifle, 15 rounds of ammunition, two face masks, two pairs of hand gloves, a pair of scissors, a machete, five mobile phones and a bag.

One of the armed robbers arrested

According to the police, several of such robbers who have been arrested since Monday are currently undergoing screening.

The Police also assured that efforts are underway to arrest more of these suspects in the coming days.

This latest arrests come at a time when citizens have complained about the rising state of insecurity in the country due to constant robberies.

Robbers on rampage

This week has seen a number of robbery incidents in the Accra, one on a Forex Bureaux at Spintex, and two daylight robberies in the North Kaneshie area.

Two persons are reported to have sustained gunshot wounds from suspected robbers who appeared to be fleeing a crime scene.

Gunfire was first heard in the area around a Latex Foam showroom at North Kaneshie where the robbers had crashed their vehicle. Two persons have since been arrested in connection with the incident.



Also on Tuesday morning, armed men stormed Royal Motors, an automobile company in Accra, making away with the company’s sales.

Eyewitnesses reported that the robbers trailed a bullion van that had entered the Industrial Area premises of the company to collect the company’s sales made the previous day.

Also on Wednesday, robbers killed a 54-year old Lebanese national who had gone to cash Ghc200,000 cedis from a Zenith Bank branch in the Tema Heavy Industrial area.

‘We’re ready to die’

Despite these attacks some of which have also been recorded in Accra and Tema, the Director of Operations for the Ghana Police Service, COP George Akufo Dampare has said although his outfit is logistically deficient, they are ready to put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of every Ghanaian.



Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Dampare also noted that the support of the citizens will go a long way to help the Police Service combat the increasing rate of crime in the country.

“We want to give them [citizens] the assurance that we will go every length, including losing our lives to make them safe. We understand that we are not there yet, in terms of the full complement of our equipment. We also understand that over the years, government after government has made an attempt to bring us to a particular level in terms of equipment,” he said.