By John Bediako & Inusa Musah
A team of police personnel from the Accra Regional Police Command, at about 1:20am yesterday, shot dead five armed robbers, after a shootout on the Accra-Tema motorway.
The police identified the ‘executed’ robbers as Habib, Paa, Baby Jet and Birdman, with the fifth deceased yet to be identified.
The deceased were among a group of 15 armed robbers who planned to embark on a robbery spree in parts of the nation’s capital and Kasoa, in the Central Region, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) George Alex Mensah, the Accra Regional Commander, said in a statement issued by his outfit.
He said police intelligence led the team to thwart the agenda by mounting surveillance on the suspects, who were on board an unregistered Pontiac Vibe taxi, Toyota Corolla cab with registration number GT 3036-17 and Sprinter Benz bus, with registration number WR 1596 X.
“The police tried pulling over the vehicles of the suspects at the Accra end of the motorway toll booth, however, after spotting the police, the suspects opened fire indiscriminately, narrowly missing one of our members,” DCOP Mensah explained.
The police reinforced and returned fire, overpowering the Sprinter Benz bus and Toyota Corolla, and during a search on the vehicles, two locally made pistols, one foreign pistol loaded with four rounds of ammunition, nine rounds of AAA cartridges, one heavy-duty cutter, three sharp knives and two cutlasses and talismans were retrieved.
The robbers, DCOP Mensah continued, are connected to several robberies within the metropolis, with the recent ones being the attacks and robberies of forex bureaus.
He said the absconding robbers sustained some gunshot wounds and entreated the general public, including traditionalists, herbalists and health facilities to report to the police anybody who accesses their facility with strange wounds.
DCOP George Alex Mensah urged the general public not to relent in sending the police intelligence, which the police act on to clamp down on criminal activities.