Seventy-Seven suspected criminals including 14 females believed to be prostitutes have been arrested in a midnight swoop by the police at Ashaiman and its environs.
The suspects, who are between the ages of 16 and 32, were said to have congregated at a popular brothel called P-Square at Official, an Ashaiman suburb, smoking substances believed to be Indian hemp while some were alleged to have robbed residents of their valuables.
Owner of the spot, Peter Kwao, who doubles as a receptionist at the brothel, and a pregnant woman, were also arrested in the swoop.
The majority of suspects, according to Mr. Augustine Gyenning, the Tema Regional Police Commander, were residents of Ashaiman whose activities continued to create problems in the area.
Items retrieved from the suspects included dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, mobile phones, and monies in different denominations and currencies.
A female suspect, Esther Akume, perhaps trying to exhibit her stealing skills, managed to steal from another suspect, Simon Akuwure, a mobile phone, while aboard a vehicle conveying them to the police station.
Briefing journalists at the Community 11 Police Station where the suspects are currently being held, ACP Gyenning said on Saturday February 19, 2011, the police embarked on a swoop to rid the area of miscreants who terrorized residents.
He mentioned that the exercise, which started at about 11:20 pm, was due to persistent complaints by residents of Ashaiman and its environs as well as information gathered by police intelligence that some miscreants had been smoking ‘wee’ and terrorizing residents in the area.
The commander noted that the suspects would be screened through a public identification parade before those found culpable would be arraigned.
He called on the public to volunteer information to the police and gave the assurance that the exercise would continue to ensure the safety of residents.