Police arrest Asankragwa highway robbers

From Alfred Adams, Sekondi

Paul Tawiah Quaye, IGP

Four out of six armed robbers, who allegedly robbed passengers on the Enchi-Asankragwa road on November 1, this year have been arrested by the police.

They are Phillip Buabeng, 23, Ebenezer Anima Nkyea, 36, Kwesi Amoo, 29, Shaibu Mumuni, 35. The latter has however denied any involvement in the case.

The suspected robbers, after robbing their victims of their mobile phones, and money among others, went head to kill one of them, who was named as Abuah Mesu, 50.

Briefing the press in Sekondi yesterday, the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Haruna Mahama, noted that after committing the November 1 crime, the same robbers again struck on the November 12, this time on the Asankragwa-Ewura Nkwanta road, where they robbed passengers of their belongings.

He said the masked robbers who were wielding AK 47 rifles shot into the air to frighten the driver of the Ford bus the passengers were travelling in to stop, before robbing the occupants.
The Police Commander, who would not tell the press how the police arrested the robbers, noted that his outfit suspects the same robbers were behind the rampant robbery on the Asangragwa-Enchi road.

Meanwhile, Dora Akyaa Asare reports in Accra that the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service has embarked on a road safety exercise on the Agbogbloshie-Accra and Weija-Kasoa roads to sensitise motorists on road safety regulations.

The exercise, which took place over the weekend, was also aimed at checking genuine driving documents. 31 vehicles and 3 motor bikes were impounded during the exercise.
The vehicles, which were impounded, had problems ranging from damaged windscreens, worn out tyres, and commercial cars with private number plates among others.

The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Rose Bio Atinga, who led the exercise, believed it would help reduce the high rate of road accidents.

She stated that drivers whose cars had been impounded would be processed for court “for the law to take it course.”

She called on drivers to ensure that they carry their driving license along whenever they are on the road, as most cars which were impounded were without genuine documents and driving licenses.

Charles Asiamah, a driver of one of the impounded cars, with the registration number ER 887 Q, was arrested for fuel leakage. Others were processed for court for various offences, including no fire extinguisher, faulty tail lights, and defaced number plates.

The driver of a KIA truck, with registration number GS 4786-09, which belongs to the son of the Minister for Mines and Forestry, Collins Dauda, was not left out.

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