RICHARD ATISO, 36, Assistant Immigration Control Officer (AICO1) based at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, is in the grips of the police for allegedly dealing in guns and ammunition.
Atiso was grabbed alongside Kwasi Deyire, his alleged accomplice, a shoe maker, whilst selling an Italian made Broni Mod 92 pistol with 24 pieces of 9mm live ammunitions for GH¢4,000 to a plain clothed policeman.
The police had credible information that Atiso and Deyire were dealing in guns and ammunitions and so an undercover policeman feigned interest in buying the gun, leading to the arrest of the duo.
Armed policemen and their counterparts that were in plain clothes and lurking around Club 10 at Bogobiri, a suburb of Obuasi where the transaction was taking place, arrested Atiso whilst receiving the money for the gun.
The police also found six pieces of 8mm live ammunitions when they thoroughly searched Atiso’s Toyota Corolla car with registration number AS 554-09, which he drove to the scene.
Addressing the media, ACP Ampofo Duku, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, stated that his outfit had established that Atiso and his cohort were arms and ammunitions dealers.
He observed that if an immigration officer could deal in offensive weapons, then Ghana is in great danger.
Highlighting what led to the arrest of Atiso and his accomplice, ACP Duku said that on January 14, 2015, around 2:05 pm, police had information that Kwasi Deyire, shoe maker and native of Bogobiri in Obuasi, was offering a pistol for sale and was arrested.
ACP Duku said the police suspected that Atiso and his accomplice had a source who supplied them with guns and ammunitions which they sell to any prospective buyer, including criminals, for their nefarious activities.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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