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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 9 August 2018


Arms dealer busted in Wa

The Upper West Regional Police Command has retrieved 35 single-barrel guns belonging to the Ghana Police Service, two locally manufactured pistols and cartridges from one Daryenkye, a suspected manufacturer of firearms.

It’s believed that Daryenkye supplies firearms to armed robbers and other criminals in the region and beyond to perpetrate crime.

According to reports, the police seized some firearms from one Nyame Purokiamah,61, at Loho Barrier in the Wa Municipality.

Upon interrogations he told the police that his grandson Michael Sonkora, 32 gave them to him.

Nyame Purokiamah and his grandson led the police to the hideout of Daryenkye who was subsequently arrested.

The Deputy Upper West Regional Police Commander ACP Peter Ndekugri, who confirmed the arrest to DAILY GUIDE, said the police would conduct further investigations to arrest clients of the suspect and retrieve all the firearms.

He, however, stated that the suspect has licence to repair guns but not to produce them.

“Due to the rampant robberies in the region I would plead with the court to revoke the licence of the suspect. If we ask him to continue to repair guns, we can’t be sure that he would not continue to manufacture guns,” he said.

ACP Peter Ndekugri warned residents, who are in possession of illegal weapons, to voluntarily surrender them, adding that those found culpable would be prosecuted.

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