Police arrest five suspected illegal gun manufacturers in Central Region


Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Dec. 15,
GNA – The Central Regional Police Command has arrested five people for
allegedly manufacturing local weapons in a special operation at Assin
Brofoyedur in the Assin Municipality of the region.

Commissioner of
Police (COP) Paul Manly Awini, the Regional Commander of the Ghana Police
Service, said the Police acted on intelligence that someone was producing
locally manufactured weapons and supplying them to criminals in the area.

He said the Command
embarked on a special operation in the early hours of Friday at Assin Brofyedur
and made five arrests at three separate locations.

They include two
blacksmiths Pele Aziaku, 54, and Washington Pobi, 40, and three minors whose
ages ranged between 16 and 17 years.

COP Awini said a
search in the first targeted location revealed one locally manufactured pistol
and six long barrel locally manufactured guns; and equipment adapted for
producing locally manufactured weapons amongst others.

He said a search in
the second and third target locations led to the confiscation of dry leaves
suspected to be cannabis, white sustances suspected to be cocaine, seven pair
of scissors and four assault knives were retrieved.

COP Awini said the
special operation forms part of efforts by the Police to clamp down on criminal
activities in the region as the Christmas and New Year approaches.

Speaking on the
robbery incident that occurred on the Accra-Cape Coast high way near Potsin on
Thursday evening, the Region Commander said, the Police is working to track
down the suspects and bring them to book.

He said the Police
received a distress call at about 1830 hours on Thursday that some suspected
armed robbers have blocked the main Accra-Cape Coast road near Gomoa Potsin and
dispatched patrol teams but the robbers fled the scene before they arrived.

He told the media
that investigations revealed that six vehicles were attacked and occupants
robbed by the robbers- injuring two in the process.

ACOP Awini said the
Police is working hard to provide a secured the environment and urged the
public to continue to cooperate with the Police and provide information on any
suspected criminal activity.



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