The 7 suspected armed robbers
The Western Regional Police Command has arrested seven alleged hardened criminals who are bent on terrorising and robbing the people of Wassa Amenfi West, especially small scale miners also referred to as galamsey operators, of their valuables.
The alleged modus operandi of the armed robbers was to attack ‘galamsey’ operators in the area with guns and machetes and rob them of their gold-bearing ores, mobile phones and other items.
The seven robbers, including three Kusasis, two Dagatis, one Frafra and one Wassa, were arrested when their talisman allegedly used during their operations to help them escape arrest purportedly failed them.
Items retrieved from the robbers included a pump action gun, a machete, locally manufactured pistols, daggers, talisman and mobile phones.
Briefing journalists as to how the robbers were arrested, DCOP Isaac Alex Quainoo, the Western Regional Police Commander, indicated that the criminals were arrested in collaboration with members of a Watchdog Committee at Asankrabreman near Asankragwaa in the Amenfi West District of the region.
He gave the names of the robbers as Abdulai Latiff, 21, Albert Akobila, 25, Karim Alhassan, 25, Mumuni Sulley, 30, Akwasi Ayama, 21, Felix Mina, 22 and Dominic Blay, 37, who the commander described as the link-man of the robbers.
Apart from being the link-man, the Regional Police Commander indicated that Blay also had a private vehicle which was used by the robbers in their operations.
The Regional Commander noted that on February 18, 2016, at about 6pm, the robbers attacked a galamsey site at Moseaso near Asankragwaa.
DCOP Quainoo explained that four of the robbers stormed the galamsey site while the other three were hiding somewhere in the area.
He indicated that the four robbers were armed with a pump action gun and robbed the illegal miners of their gold-bearing sand also called black concentrate and other items and beat the victims mercilessly.
The four robbers, after carrying out their alleged nefarious activities, called the other three robbers who went to the site in Dominic Blay’s private vehicle registered GS 1663-10 and picked the other four as well as the stolen items.
The Western Regional Police Commander pointed out that while the robbers were going, the victims alerted the police and members of the area’s watchdog committee who quickly mounted a barrier on the road between Oda and Asankrabreman in the district.
When the robbers got to the barrier they were stopped and questioned by the police but they could not give any tangible answers to the questions.
When the police searched the robbers and the vehicle, they found some of the galamsey operators’ black concentrate or gold-bearing ores and mobile phones.
The robbers later admitted having robbed some galamsey operators. They then took the police to a cemetery in the area where the peace officers retrieved a pump action gun, a machete, locally manufactured pistols, daggers and mobile phones.
DCOP Quainoo added that the police later escorted the robbers in their private car to the Asankrabreman police post.
Immediately the robbers’ private vehicle was parked a few metres away from the police station, a mob trooped to the place and set the vehicle ablaze.
He indicated that the suspected armed robbers would soon be put before court after investigations.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi