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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Source: GNA

Ashanti police retrieve live cartridges from suspected robbers

Kumasi, Aug. 22, GNA - The Ashanti police have retrieved a packet of live cartridges from three suspected armed robbers who planned to rob traders on the Kumasi-Wa road.

A thorough search on them also revealed six locally-manufactured guns, two sets of overalls, knives, three masks, three mobile phones, a military hat, three dark spectacles, three pairs of gloves and GH=A2141 cash.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Adu-Poku, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, announced this at a press conference in Kumasi on Wednesday.

The suspects are, Jacob Tieku 25 and Steven Kumkye 24, both livestock dealers and Adams Nagaayen 34, a mason. DCOP Adu-Poku said the suspects had planned about a month ago to attack traders who commute the Kumasi-Wa road but luck eluded them when they were arrested upon a tip-off.

He said the suspects acquired their ammunitions at Denyase near Offinso.

DCOP Adu-Poku said two accused persons, Kofi Richard Gyampoh 29 and Kofi Siaw 21, on trial at an Obuasi Circuit Court, for stealing a car, were assisting police to find the whereabouts of a driver they hired who had been on the run since May 1, this year. He said Gyampoh hired a taxi cab driven by Francis Owusu Acheampong on May 1 at Obuasi under the pretext of travelling to Bogoso. DCOP Adu-Poku said when they reached Bogoso, Gyampoh picked Siaw and all of them spent the night at a hotel at Asomdwee village and returned to Obuasi at dawn the following day. He said particulars on the vehicle had been changed when it was found in the house of Gyampoh's brother-in-law. DCOP Adu-Poku therefore, appealed to the public to assist the police to eliminate crime and not underrate ability of the police to fight crime in the country.

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