Police foil plan of suspected robbers

An attempt by three suspected armed robbers to hit at their planned targets was thwarted by the Nima Police last Friday moments before the robbers could strike.

Two of the suspects, Kwame Mpianim, 18, and Aaron Kusi-Boakye, 26, were said to be the sons of soldiers at the Sergeant Quarters at the Burma Camp. The other suspect is Benjamin Danso, 34.

Upon a tip-off, the three were arrested near a filling station on the La-Teshie road about 5 p.m. and two pistols, one of which was found to be a toy, as well as ammunition, were retrieved from them.

They told the police after their arrest that they had been waiting for someone to provide them money to refuel their saloon car, with registration number GR 9162 Q.

The Nima Divisional Police Commander, ACP Angwubutoge Awuni, told the Daily Graphic that an unidentified person had called the Nima Police on Friday to alert them to the three men in a waiting vehicle on the La- Teshie road.

According to him, the caller suspected that the three men could be armed robbers trailing someone to attack.

ACP Awuni said he immediately alerted personnel of the Nima Police Patrol Unit who moved in swiftly to the place.

He said when the three men were questioned, they claimed that they had run out of fuel and were waiting for a friend to come and give them money to refuel the vehicle.

He said it was after the pistols and ammunition had been found on the robbers that they were sent to the police station where they were being held for illegal possession of weapons.

The divisional commander said soon after the three young men had been shown on television, some complainants showed up at the Nima Police Station alleging that they had been robbed by the suspects in November last year.

He said the Nima Police would hand them over to the Regional Police Command to continue with any robbery investigations against them.

In a related development, a 40-year-old carpenter, Emmanuel Agbeko, has also been arrested for attempting to use the pays lip of a teacher to secure GH¢l,240 loan from a credit union.

An accomplice of Agbeko’s, Samuel Lartey, who is an employee of the Keta branch of the Ghana Education Service, is on the run.

ACP Awuni told the Daily Graphic that Lartey allegedly prepared a GNAT 10 card and also secured the pay slip of a teacher for Agbeko to process the loan application form.

He said when Agbeko presented the application form, together with the ID card, for processing by the financial institution, it was detected that the picture on the 10 card did not match that of the accounts holder.

He said an official of the institution immediately notified the police, who effected Agbeko’s arrest.

ACP Awuni said Agbeko claimed that he was to collect the loan and pass it on to Lartey.

Source: Daily Graphic