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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Source: GNA

VR Police happy with demise of "Spider"

Ho, Mar. 03, GNA - The Volta Regional Police Command on Wednesday observed that, the demise of Kofi Fiagbedzi alias "Spider," a notorious armed robber who had been on the Police wanted list for years was a big boost to the fight against crime.

Mr David Ampah-Bennin, Volta Regional Police Commander was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Ho. He confirmed that Fiagbedzi, partly bred in Ho, often visited Ho and that the Volta Regional Police Command had been "in the wait for him" when he was busted in Accra.

Mr Ampah-Bennin, who described the Fiagbedzi saga, as a remarkable feat for the police, claimed that Fiagbedzi had about 50 associates in crime lurking around and must be watched.

He said the Police expected the death of Fiagbedzi to disorganize his gang but were alert to get these accomplices in the Volta Region.

Mr Ampah-Bennin said the Police in the region were scaling up day and night patrols to tackle armed robbers, including highway robbers.

"I will personally go on patrols to enhance the campaign against crime in the Region," Mr Ampah-Bennin stated, calling for support from all stakeholders, including the media.

He urged the police in other regions to be on the look out for Fiagbedzi's gang members, who might seek refuge in their areas. Meanwhile, there is mixed reactions to the death of Fiagbedzi in Ho,= a base of Fiagbedzi. While many breathed a sigh of relief and gave kudos to the police others who claimed they knew Fiagbedzi personally, grieved over his death=

but condemned his criminal activities. A Police source told the GNA that Fiagbedzi touched the life of some=

people in Ho with largesse from his booties. Newspapers thought to have the clearest account including pictures o= f Fiagbedzi on Tuesday run-out as people rushed to the newsstands to either=

pick the papers or just catch a glimpse of the slippery robber.