Robbers Escape Lynching

Paul SokporTwo suspected armed robbers, Paul Sokpor, 22, and Razak Musa, 24, narrowly escaped lynching when police got to Weija where they had robbed a lady of her handbag.

According to Accra Deputy Regional Police Commander, ACP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the two were riding on a motorbike in the early hours of Tuesday September 1, 2009. On reaching a location near the Densu River at Weija, they attacked the staff of the Defense Ministry who was then on her way to work.

They stabbed her hand and snatched her bag. The police boss said Sokpor and Musa stole the contents of the bag and dumped it into the Densu River.

But the victim raised an alarm drawing a crowd to the scene. They were given a hot chase and arrested by the mob who subjected them to severe beatings in a bid to lynch them after vandalizing their motorbike.

Luck however smiled on them when police appeared at the scene. They were saved and taken to the Police Hospital where they are now recuperating.

By the time Daily Guide visited the robbers at the Hospital; they were dozing off after a good meal and medication. 

The Administrator of the Hospital, DSP Joseph Owusu-Bempah, expressed regret that persons like Sokpor and Musa end up being treated for free, a situation he indicated was a drain on the hospital’s coffers.

He used the occasion to appeal to NGOs and the general public to come to the aid of Police Hospital either by kind or cash.

DSP Owusu-Bempah, noted that sadly other hospitals in the metropolis received donations year round but Police Hospital which catered the most for the destitute, criminals, lunatics, abandoned babies and other unknown persons at no cost did not attract such humanitarian gestures from the public.

“Maybe people just don’t see the need to donate to us,” he said in awe.

By Rocklyn Antonio