Four persons, including a Malian national, who terrorise residents of Tema and its surrounding communities, have been arrested in a robbery operation at New Dawhenya in the Ningo-Prampram District of Accra on Friday.
The culprits are Awudu Zakaria, alias Wadudu, a 24-year-old butcher who resides at Old Tulaku, and Bismark Owusu, alias Nero, 28, a photographer who lives at Lebanon Zone 2 in Ashaiman.
The names of the rest were given as Emmanuel Amannor Tetteh, a 20-year-old driver’s mate who resides at Community 22, and Mohammed Eliasu, a 24-year-old unemployed Malian who recently relocated to Zongo-Lakka in Ashaiman.
The suspects who were wielding a pump action gun and other offensive weapons were said to have succeeded in robbing a residence at New Dawhenya at dawn, but they were rounded up in the act by a police patrol team upon a tip-off.
They were said to have attacked the residence of a businessman and robbed the household of an amount of GH₵40, 000, four mobile phones, 11 wrist watches, wedding rings, among others.
However, police retrieved from the robbers items such as an amount of GH₵18, 000, three wrist watches, three BBB live ammunitions, an axe, a torchlight, a jackknife, wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemps, screw drivers, five mobile phones and a bunch of car keys.
Briefing pressmen, Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, PRO of the Tema Regional Police Command, disclosed that at about 1:30 am Thursday, March 17, 2017, the suspects scaled over a fence wall and broke the main door of the house with a cement block to attack the occupants.
According to her, a police patrol team responded to a distress call from an informant about the armed robbery incident.
She mentioned that the immediate response from the patrol team led to the arrest of three suspects in the act, but one of them managed to escape with the booty and the weapons used for the operation.
ASP Obeng said further that the fourth suspect, Emmanuel Amannor, who escaped with the booty and the weapons, was later arrested at his hideout at Ashaiman.
She said the suspects are in police custody assisting with investigations before prosecution at the law court.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema