The Ashanti Regional Police have arrested about 150 suspected criminals in Kumasi.
According to them, the arrest forms part of the Regional Commands resolve to rid the regional capital of criminals.
The move follows the surge in crime related activities in the region over the past few weeks.
Speaking to Citi News, the Police Public Relations Officer in the region,Chief Inspector, Godwin Ahainyo said, the suspects are currently being screened for possible prosecution.
He added that an identification parade will be held from next to allow residents to identify persons that have terrorized them before.
“We conducted some swoops at certain areas like Aboabu, the Race course area, Mayanka, the affordable housing area and apprehended this number of persons. We did this just to show the public that we are on the ground making sure that crime within the metropolis is minimized.”
He said during their swoop, “we also got some substances suspected to be Indian hemp. We also had certain powdered substance which we suspect to be cocaine but then we have to send it to the forensic lab in Accra for it to be examined. So we will be screening them. There would be an identification parade from next week and those who will be identified will be sent to court.”
4 robbers terrorizing Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Police Command had earlier said they have gathered intelligence on some four suspected robbers believed to be behind the recent robbery cases in the region.
Within the last few days, there have been two consecutive robberies in the regional capital, Kumasi, leaving many residents in fear.
A Police officer was shot and killed at Denkyemmuoso after some robbers raided a hotel while another resident was killed at Ahenema Kokoben.
Addressing journalists on Monday after a Regional Security Council (REGSEC) meeting, the Regional Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, allayed fears of residents of Kumasi assuring them that the Police will do all it can protect them.
“Robbery has been down for a long time but we are suspecting that a new group of robbers have emerged in the area. We know they are three or four who have been terrorizing people around Kokoben and the outskirts of Kumasi. And for this one, we are working around the clock 24/7 to arrest the perpetrators,” he said.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana