Residents of Kasoa and its surrounding communities are living in fear, as dare-devil armed robbers ran amok in the area with impunity, robbing various households at will.
Even though police said some suspects had been arrested, residents revealed that the attacks were incessant and continued on a daily basis.
Yesterday, four suspects were paraded by the police, who said the miscreants had been on their wanted list for their involvement in a series of robberies in the area.
The suspects, according to the police, butchered several of their victims in the course of their robbery operations.
They were identified as Yaw Sefa aka Toskii, 25, Iddrissu Ibrahim, a Fulani, 19, Haddi Osman, 22, and Anas Ibrahim, a 24-year-old man who claimed to be a school boy.
Items retrieved from them included a pump action gun, two locally-made pistols and shirts used for their operations.
The suspects, currently in the custody of the Kasoa District Police Command, were arrested separately from their hideouts after a whole year’s search, according to Superintendent Samuel Tibil Punobyin, the Kasoa District Police Commander.
Briefing DAILY GUIDE, Superintendent Punobyin said the suspects were involved in a series of robberies recorded in the area a year ago.
He explained that police were on the lookout for them until the suspects struck again on December 24, 2013, attacking some Ghanaians who had returned from the United Kingdom at their guest house at Kasoa CP.
These same suspects attacked a family in the same vicinity, robbed them of their valuables and hacked them in the process, the police said.
Not satisfied, the same gang attacked and snatched a Toyota Corolla saloon car from a student the same day.
The student, after the attack, was locked up in his own vehicle booth and later dumped in a nearby bush by the suspects before they made away with the car.
The Police mounted a search and managed to apprehend suspect Haddi on February 3, 2014 at Budumburam where he was hiding.
Haddi led the police to arrest the three other suspects from their various hideouts.
While investigations were ongoing, it came to light that Iddrisu Ibrahim, a driver by profession, was the one who drove the gang to the venues of their operations.
It also emerged that Yaw Sefa was also involved in six of the robberies in the area.
Anas also confessed in his caution statement that he only took part in three of their robbery operations while suspect Haddi said he was involved in four operations.
Yaw Sefa was facing a robbery charge at an Agona Swedru Circuit Court but was granted bail in November 2013, and when he returned, he again led the group to attack the student.
The residents were of the opinion that the recent suspects were not the gang of robbers who raided the area in the early hours of Saturday February, 1, 2014 around 1:30am.
They attacked some residents of Kasoa Mount Zion Area, robbing them of various valuables and inflicting injuries on some of their victims in the process.
A victim who spoke with DAILY GUIDE after the attack, said the hardened criminals, wielding deadly weapons, robbed 11 houses during the operation, which lasted a few hours.
Household items, mobile phones, monies and other assorted items were taken from residents.
Some of the victims who spoke to DAILY GUIDE said police personnel from the Amanfrom Police Station visited the scene to investigate the matter.
A victim said the armed robbers, numbering six, first came to his house and broke his door, together with that of his son, but could not enter because of a burglar-proof used to secure the door.
He noted that the armed men then went to the next house occupied by a couple and took away their mobile phones, a wedding ring and GH¢10.
Realizing that the husband had only GH¢10, the robbers ‘beat him well well’ before moving to their next target.
Another victim who attempted to resist was hit with the butt of a gun in the face.
Pellets of bullets fired from the guns of the armed robbers were later given to the police by residents.
The police are still investigating the matter.
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