The 42-year-old military officer of the Third Infantry Battalion (3BN) in Sunyani, Staff Sergeant Alhassan Hameed and five others, who allegedly robbed a macro finance company at gunpoint at Wenchi in the Brong-Ahafo Region, have been remanded into prison custody.
The officer and his accomplices Sheriff Adams aka Alhaji Fresh, 31, a suspected hardened criminal; Osei Kuffour, 32; Kwadwo Francis, 25; Exmond Bawuah, 27 and Kwabena Yeboah, 32—were remanded on Friday by a Sunyani District Magistrate Court to reappear on March 13.
They have been charged with robbery.
The six suspected robbers, who had been on the police’s wanted list, were grabbed on Thursday by the Sunyani patrol team upon a tip-off when they were returning to Sunyani after allegedly robbing the Wenchi branch of BACCSOD Macro Finance Company which is owned by the Catholic Church.
They stormed the company at gunpoint and tied the watchman on duty, broke into the building and took away an unspecified amount of money in different denominations.
They then picked the watchman, dumped him at a distance and took off.
After the attack, all patrol teams in the region were alerted, leading to their arrest at the Yawhima barrier near Sunyani when they were going back to their base in Sunyani.
A search on them revealed four mobile phones, two knives, two crowbars, one screwdriver, one strong decoder, one military uniform, an unspecified amount of money, a machete, a pistol and cartridges.
The police also impounded an Opel Astra taxi with registration number ER 3527-U, which the suspects had allegedly been using in their robbery operations.
According to the police, the syndicate has been using the same modus operandi in robbing several financial institutions in the region, including the Derma Rural Bank, Sunyani branch, Bechem Rural Bank and Bomaa Rural Bank.
They recently robbed one Tigri Abu in Kumasi of his Ecolak bag containing a laptop, iPad, Samsung Galaxy 5, iPhone, six mobile phones, a passport and a cash amount of 1.5 million CFA.
In a related development, DAILY GUIDE has learnt that the 13 persons arrested for engaging in illegal lottery at Techiman have all been granted police enquiry bail.
The suspects are Aboagye Godwin, 26; Kyere Charles, 35; Usiff Shakuru, 21; Boadi Solomon, 36; Richard Annor, 26; Adjei Eric, 25 and Issaka Abdul Mumuni, 32.
The rest are Obeng Emmanuel, 22; Clement Nsenkyire, 40; Osei Kuffour, 52; Benjamin Akwasi Ameyaw, 32; Abubakari Sadik, 23 and Osei Osae, 21.
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