You are here: HomeNews2008 02 08Article 138981

Crime & Punishment of Friday, 8 February 2008

Source: GNA

Five suspects arrested at Akuse

Akuse, Feb.08, GNA - The Akuse Police have arrested five suspects who allegedly robbed passengers on the Ayikuma-Larteh road last Sunday, February 3. The suspects who hailed from Somanya are Richard Amanor, wanted by the police for rape, Felix Ayenor, Yaw Isaac, Emmanuel Tetteh and Christopher Adjinoki.

Four of them were arrested at Somanya during a routine check by a police night patrol team while Adjinoki was identified by a victim of the robbery at a court premises and was immediately arrested. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bernard Twum Barimah, Akuse Divisional Commander of Police, told newsmen that at dawn last Sunday, a police patrol team at Somanya signalled a taxi cab with registration number GR 4609 V to stop for routine checks. He said after a check on the vehicle including the boot and the lights, the police asked the driver to put on the inside light, but he suddenly took to his heels.

ASP Barimah said one of the suspects in the front seat also took to his heels leaving the three suspects sitting at the back. He said two of the policemen pursued them and managed to arrest the driver, while the other policemen ensured that the three suspects at the back did not escape. ASP Barimah said the four suspects were sent to Somanya police station and a search conducted on them and the taxi revealed three locally manufactured pistols, nine mobile phones, passport pictures and GH¢ 400 cash.

He explained that before their arrest, the police had not been informed of the alleged robbery on the Ayikuma road until one of the mobile phones found on the suspects was identified to belong to a customs officer at Takoradi when it rang and the police responded. ASP Barimah said the caller was the sister of the customs officer enquiring from her brother if he had reached Accra safely, subsequently, the sister connected her brother to the police who narrated their ordeal around 2100 hours that same night on the road to the police. He said the suspects were later paraded for identification during which Amanor also known as Sagmor was identified as an alleged rapist wanted by the police.

ASP Barimah said the suspects appeared before the Krobo-Odumase Circuit Court and were remanded in police custody to re-appear on February 21.

Join our Newsletter