THE ASHANTI Regional Police Command has arrested Abdulai Hussein aka ‘Miginma’, who is believed to be the errand boy of Yaw Obimpeh, the Ashanti Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, for robbery.
Miginma and his cohorts, most of whom had been arrested and sentenced to various jail-terms already, were linked to a series of high-profile car-snatching incidents in the city; but strangely he always escaped arrest.
He was said to have been arrested by the police in connection with a broad-day-light bank robbery at Ejisu sometime last year, but Yaw Obimpeh allegedly intervened to get him freed, arguing that his boy was not a criminal.
On December 29, 2014 when the police stormed his residence, Miginma reportedly tried to escape with his sub-machine gun, alongside one Acheampong, who also wielded a pistol, but he fell in the process and the police nabbed him for threatening to kill someone.
He was arraigned before the Juaben Court where he was remanded in prison custody.
His presence in court spread like wild fire and this paved the way for people who claimed to have fallen prey to his fiendish acts to come and identify him.
Briefing the media, ACP Ampofo Duku, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, described Miginma as a notorious car robber who, together with his cohorts, always targeted brand new urvan buses.
He said four convicted car snatchers currently serving their sentences in prison, had testified that Miginma was a member of their team, adding that the suspect had been linked to several car snatching incidents in the city.
Highlighting on some of Miginma’s robbery expeditions, the police chief said on August 16, 2014 around 6:30pm, five men including the suspect, snatched a Toyota Hiace vehicle registered GT 1727-14, which they hired from Mbrom to Mankessim.
According to him, Miginma and his accomplices were fleeing with the bus when they were intercepted at Kintampo by the police, but he managed to escape.
The police arrested Kassim Musah, Oliver Mohammed, Alidu Esifu and Esifu Musah who had since been put before court, and the stolen bus retrieved by the police in the process.
ACP Duku noted again that on July 4, 2014 Miginma and Abdulai Hussein, Esifu Musah alias ‘Blackee’ and Mohammed Oliver, 51, at gun point, snatched a Mercedes Benz Sprinter bus with registration number AS 6600-14 which they had hired to Wenchi.
He said the robbers tied the driver of the vehicle onto a tree and Miginma grabbed the steering wheel and sped off with his cohorts.
Oliver and Musah were later arrested by the police in connection with the car robbery but Miginma escaped arrest again.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, throwing more light on what led to the arrest of the suspect, said Miginma and Acheampong threatened to kill someone around 12noon at a naming ceremony on December 29, 2014.
Filled with fright, the man rushed to the police to lodge a complaint against Miginma. The police then proceeded to Bawro New Site near Antoa, where Miginma resided, to arrest him.
Upon seeing the police, Miginma, holding a sub-machine gun and Acheampong, now at large, took to their heels and the police gave them a hot chase.
Miginma fell and the police arrested him, while he was in possession of a sub-machine gun, 17 rounds of ammunition, a catapult and a jack knife, ACP Ampofo Duku said.
ACP Duku confessed: ‘I have not seen such a sophisticated gun in my 23 years in the Police Service,’ stressing that the police were on the heels of Acheampong who escaped arrest.
The police chief reiterated that Miginma had been involved in several car-snatching incidents in Kumasi and its nearby areas for years, urging those that had been robbed by him to come forward and testify.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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