The Denu Divisional Police Command has announced a GH¢1,000 reward for anyone who volunteers information for the arrest of the seven criminals who escaped from police cells in Denu in the Volta Region on Friday.
The criminals allegedly managed to overpower policemen on duty and escaped with two AK 47 assault rifles they reportedly took from the police armoury and are currently nowhere to be found. There are rumours they may have crossed into neighbouring Togo. Two police officers were on duty the night of the escape.
The two police officers have been given a 10-day ultimatum to arrest the seven suspected criminals.
Six other suspects, who were part of the pack, were however overpowered by the police and are still in cells. None of the police officers sustained injuries, he posited.
According to the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi-Gyinae, the pictures of the escapees had been published to aid in their arrest.
He revealed that Togo security agencies were working closely with them to locate the hideouts of the suspected criminals.
The commander said no police officer would be spared if found culpable.
‘We have processes when these things come and one of the processes is that we allow them some days to look for them and if they don’t get them, then the other processes will follow so we are following the processes,’ DCOP Yentumi-Gyinae told Citi FM.
Speaking to TV3, the Denu Divisional Police Commander, Augustine Luguyari, said the police had intensified efforts to re-arrest the criminals, two of who are Nigerians.
The escapees are Stanley Wada alias Kadee,30; Linus Ashietey, 31; Kwaku Azusu alias Boyo, 24 and two Nigerians – Albert Obinna, 21 and Tobi Kuchu, 20.
The rest who were said to be involved in minor crimes are Adam Gomala, 25 and George Dagga, 24.
The Denu police chief said, ‘We’ve mobilised officers from other divisions to augment our strength e.g the Keta Division, and we got assistance from Accra, the FPU and SWAT. So we were about 80 officers and with the presence of the regional police commander, we combed dilapidated buildings to see if they’re hiding the weapons.
‘We were not successful but we are still in the process. We are appealing to the public who have information on them to assist us to recapture them. They pose a security threat to everyone in the society, including we the officers.’
He further indicated that they had alerted the Togolese Police Service to aid in the search and arrest of the criminals.
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