Eleven suspected robbers, who have been terrorizing the people of Kumasi and other parts of the Ashanti Region, and had been on the police wanted list, are now in the firm grip of the law.
Their names were given as Kwaku Binpe, alias “Mere”, Eric Wiafe, Theophilus Donkor, Victor Yankyira, Dramani Sadique, Kwame Boakye, Patrick Tetteh, Akwasi Agyeman and Kwame Ntiako, Kofi Yeboah and Atubila Anyagede.
They were arrested between March 15 and 29, and a number of deadly weapons including a pump action gun, short gun, locally manufactured pistol, live cartridges, machetes, jack knives and an axe, were retrieved from them.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Osei Kwaku Ampofo Duku, the Deputy Regional Commander, told a press briefing in Kumasi that the suspects were linked to series of robbery incidents.
Sidique, Boakye and Tetteh for example, are believed to have robbed and raped a Swiss lady, who was visiting with a Ghanaian friend at Buokrom F-Line.
He said four others, Binpe, Wiafe, Donkor and Yankyira, had been involved in highway robberies on the Kumasi-Offinso Highway.
They would attack and seize from travelers their monies and valuables.
Agyemang and Ntiako were arrested as they prepared to attack a bullion van and a small-scale gold mining site at Bebu in the Amansie West District, while Yeboah and Anyagede were nabbed after they sustained gunshot wounds in a gun battle at the Asafo Interchange.
ACP Duku said the suspects had already been put before court and remanded.
He said the Police would do everything to rid the region of criminals, and urged the public to continue to provide them with useful leads and tip-offs.