Gifty Amofa, GNA
Kumasi, Sept 06, GNA – A fugitive robbery
gang leader linked to series of robbery attacks in the Kumasi, other parts of
the Ashanti Region and beyond, has been arrested and detained by the police.
Jallo Djani, who had been on the police
wanted list for some time now was seized in Akatsi in the Volta Region, where
he had gone into hiding.
The suspect is believed to have masterminded
separate fatal robbery incidents in Denchemuoso, Kokoben and Aputuogya, which
saw three people shot dead – a police officer, an electrician and an
Commissioner of Police (COP) Nathan Kofi
Boakye, the Regional Commander, told journalists that seven other members of
the gang had earlier been grabbed.
He gave their names as Kwaku Yeboah alias
‘Kwaku Gao”, Michael Agyemang, Abraham Kwaku Sarpong alias “Asuo,” Ibrahim
Abass, Mathew Gyedu alias “Zion”, Abdul Salam Suba alias “Tonka” and Philip
Obeng alias “Kwaku DD”.
The Police Commander said the group was
known to have also shot indiscriminately into moving vehicles injuring many in
sickening highway robberies.
He indicated that two AK 47 rifles had so
far been retrieved from them.
The group had already confessed to raiding
the Open Space Guest House in Denchemouso on May 19, where Police Lance
Corporal Frank Essel, was gunned down and another robbery in Manso Abore on
August 08 – shot and wounded a gold dealer.
They had also attacked a small scale mining
site at “Dollar Power” near Bole in the Northern Region.
COP Boakye said Djani was co-operating with
police investigations and had already given out his “old time master” Jallo
Mumuni Bigiri, who was picked up in Effiduase and found with a foreign pistol.
The suspect reportedly informed the police
after his arrest that Bigiri had in his possession nine AK 47 riffles, which he
had been hiring out to people for robbery.
The Regional Commander called for increased
public support for the arrest of other wanted criminals including Mutala Musah,
a dismissed police officer, Toatoa of Adankwame, Alhaji Saliu of Yeji, Diallo
Jallo alias “Area” and Tomatoma.