The six suspected armed robbers in police custody
Six suspected armed robbers believed to have been behind the killing of Prophetess Agnes Koomsom, head of Grace Saviour Ministry at Sowutoum in Accra, and Mr. Hayford Akrofi, the Vice Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), United Kingdom Chapter, have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command.
The suspects were apprehended at their hideouts at Oda Awisa in the Eastern Region, and Manhean in the Ga West Municipality, upon a tip-off.
The suspects include Yaw Dodzi, aka Awudu, 29; Yusif Seidu, aka Issiew, 23; Solomon Lamptey, aka Raja, 25; Sumaila Ayittey, 18; Richard Avor, 26 and Nii Lamptey Daniel, 20.
Weapons retrieved from the suspects
Two pump action guns and an unspecified number of ammunitions concealed in a school bag, and their working gears, were retrieved from them by the police.
Briefing the media on how the suspects were apprehended, the Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said that after the murder of Hayford Akrofi, at Asofan near Ofanko in the Greater Accra Region on June 5, 2014, and the killing of Prophetess Agnes Koomson on July 25, 2014, the police intensified their intelligence activities to hunt down the killers.
On July 31, 2014, acting upon intelligence, suspect Yaw Dodzi, who claimed to be a barber by profession, was arrested at Abossey Okai, a suburb of Accra, when he came to team up with Richard Avor for a robbery operation.
In the course of interrogation, Yaw Dodzi admitted his involvement in many robbery operations, citing Yusif Seidu and Sumaila Ayittey as his accomplices.
He further mentioned Solomon Lamptey and Nii Lamptey Daniel as his other accomplices in another robbery expedition.
On August 1, 2014, whilst in police grip, and without the knowledge of the other accomplices, Yaw Dodzie was asked to lure Yusif Seidu to a place at Kaneshie First Light to rob a victim. The latter immediately came down to the location with Sumaila Ayittey, fully prepared to execute the robbery. According to the police, he had two pump action guns which were concealed in a bag. On arrival, he was immediately arrested, but Sumaila Ayittey managed to escape.
Ayittey was later arrested again by the police with the help of Yusif.
Later, suspects Solomon Lamptey and Nii Lamptey Daniel were also arrested, bringing the number to six.
Upon interrogations, DCOP Yohuno said the suspects admitted having taken part in the killing of Prophetess Agnes Koomson at Sowutoum and Hayford Akrofi of Asofan.
They also confessed to have shot and killed a female telecommunication vendor at Kasoa in an attack, and a colleague of theirs identified as Kaska, at Kasoa Akweley in the Central Region.
Touching on how Prophetess Koomson was killed, the Regional Commander said the suspects admitted that only three of them embarked on that operation.
They included Solomon Lamptey, Yaw Dodzi and Yusif Seidu.
They also revealed that three mobile phones and an amount of GH¢500.00 were taken from the house of the Prophetess in that attack.
The money was shared among the three whilst Yusif, the leader of that operation, sold one of the phones to a buyer.
The Regional Commander cautioned Ghanaians to be conscious of the criminals who often strike at night when everybody goes to sleep.
By Linda Tenyah
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