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General News of Monday, 29 January 2018


Kwabenya attack kingpin caged; 11 arrested, 4 fugitives still on the run

Two of the arrested suspects who attacked the Kwabenya Police District Headquarters Two of the arrested suspects who attacked the Kwabenya Police District Headquarters

Five suspects, including the man believed to have shot dead a police officer at the Kwabenya Police District Headquarters, have been arrested by the police.

Kofi Seshie, aged 28, has been identified as the suspect among the attackers who shot Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi.

Seshie was arrested along with four other suspects in the early hours of Saturday at Kasoa, in the Central Region.

The other suspects are Sarba George, 23 years; George Asante, 33; Theophilus Banda, 25; and Elvis Owusu, 31.

The now deceased police officer sustained gunshot wounds and died whilst receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

11 Persons arrested so far

A statement by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) David Senanu Eklu, Director-General of Public Affairs of Ghana Police Service, said the latest arrests bring the number of people detained following the incident to 11, after six suspects were arrested last week.

So far, five of the attackers have been arrested; three accomplices have also been apprehended while three out of the seven fugitives have also been arrested.

3 Accomplices arrested

Three accomplices who aided the escape of the fugitives were arrested in Accra last week.

Kofi Acheampong, alias Nana Owuo, aged 32, believed to be the spiritual father of the suspect and a source of weapons supplied to the criminals, was arrested at Afienya.

Items such as a coffin and skeletons were found at the place where Nana Owuo was arrested.

Providing transport fare to escape

Another accomplice, George Yeboah Ackah, a.k.a. Kwesi Shower, is accused of giving the suspects money to escape.

Phone supplier

A 28-year-old woman, named Nancy Bentah, alias Awura Ama, is in the grips of the police for allegedly supplying phones to the suspects.

3 Fugitives arrested

Atta Kwadwo, 20, and Prince Osei, 27, jail breakers, were arrested at Wurawura on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the Volta Region.

Prince Osei was earlier arrested for possessing firearms without authority.
Atta Kwadwo was also arrested on January 17, 2018 for possessing firearms without authority.

Kofi Darko, 21, who was arrested on January 17 for possessing firearms without authority, was rearrested from his hideout at Begoro in the Eastern Region.


Chibuzor Chubuzor

Chibuzor Chubuzor, a 34-year-old Nigerian, who is on remand for armed robbery, was also freed by the attackers.

Dickson Ofori

Another cell inmate who was arrested for armed robbery, Dickson Ofori, 24 years, also escaped as a result of the assault on the police station.

Edem Rockson

Edem Rockson, 32 years, another inmate of the cell arrested for stealing, also escaped following the attack on the police station.

Emmanuel Kotey

Emmanuel Kotey, a 27-year-old suspect, also escaped from detention.

48 Police officers die in line of duty since 2013

Data analysed by The Finder shows that at least 48 police officers paid the ultimate price of death in the discharge of their constitutional duties to protect lives and property in Ghana from 2013 to date.

The number of officers killed each year during the period are 2013 – 13; 2014 – 11; 2015 – seven; 2016 – six; 2017 – seven, and 2018 – four.

Screening through the data compiled by the Ghana Police Service for each year, The Finder discovered that at least 15 out of the 48 were killed by armed robbers and unidentified gunmen.

The affected officers died in several circumstances, including during exchange of fire with armed robbers, motor accidents, stabbing, being run over by vehicles, and police crossfire.

During the period, three police officers were mistakenly killed by police fire, who mistook them for armed robbers.

Some three police officers were also stabbed to death in line of duty.

A total of nine police officers lost their lives when they were either knocked down or run over by vehicles during the period.

One-week memorial service held for dead cop

Meanwhile, a one-week memorial service was held yesterday at the Pokuase residence of Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi, who was murdered last Sunday.

Inspector Ashilevi was on monitoring duty Sunday, January 21, when some armed men stormed the station, freeing seven suspected criminals in custody and killing him in the process.

Senior officers of the police service joined the family to observe the service at his residence.

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