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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Three nabbed for robbery in Accra

Three Nigerians alleged to be involved in various forms of robbery have been arrested by the Tesano police in Accra.

The three have been identified as Anthony Aja Tochukwu, 24; Jerry Usainele, 23 and Victory Henry, 27.

The suspects were alleged to have terrorized motorists and residents of Dzorwulu, Lapaz and the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, all suburbs in Accra.

Their activities included snatching of motorbikes and breaking into shops. While Tochukwu is said to be a member of a six-man gang engaged in motorbike snatching and terrorizing motorists stuck in traffic on the Lapaz-Dzorwulu highway, Usainele and Henry were arrested for breaking into a container shop.


Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra on Tuesday, the Tesano District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Edward Tetteh, said in recent times, there had been reports of motorbike snatching and other criminal activities in the area, for which reason the police had been on the alert.

He pointed out that on January 24, 2018, a man, whose identity is being kept under wraps, reported to the police that a gang of six men snatched his motorbike at gunpoint at Dzorwulu.

The next day, the police received another report that about eight men armed with guns were harassing motorists and snatching motorbikes from their owners at Dimples, near the Achimota Forest in Accra.

When the police rushed to the scene, the suspects bolted on motorbikes.

With the help of a taxi driver, Mr Tetteh said, the police pursued the suspects and eventually arrested Tochukwu at the Dimples roundabout.

An unregistered motorbike on which Tochukwu was riding was also impounded and taken to the Tesano Police Station.

Identification parade

During an identification parade, the man, whose motorbike had been snatched at Dzorwulu, identified Tochukwu as the person who attacked him at gunpoint.

It was also realized that Tochukwu had removed the number plate on the motorbike.

In the case of Usainele and Henry, Mr. Tetteh said they broke into a container shop and stole a mobile phone about 3:30 a.m. yesterday at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.

An 18-year-old woman (name withheld) is said to have raised an alarm leading to the arrest of the two.

They were later handed over to the police where it was established that they were behind some of the criminal activities reported to the police.