From Musah Umar Farouq
The Upper West Regional Police Command has within the last three months arrested 10 suspected armed robbers in some communities in the region, with many of the suspects coming from the Wa Municipality, in its bid to fight crime.
On Wednesday, the Wa Police, however, had a tough time with one of the suspects, Inusah Abdul-Rahman, who resisted arrest at his abode. Abdul-Rahman, alias Angola, a wanted suspected armed robber, attacked a traveller with a cutlass at Kabanye in front of the insurance office and robbed him of his motorbike.
After the operation, he went into hiding, but upon investigations, the suspect was arrested in his room the same day, but not without difficulty.
Last Thursday, the police paraded some of the suspects.
The suspects, who fell within the age group of 19 and 31, are Inusah Abdul-Rahman, Al-Jimah Yahaya, Soro Adams, Inusah Osman, Iddrisu Imoro, Sambo Fuseini, Ingah Fuseini, Fuseini Mutari, Fatawu Yakubu and Yakubu Emma.
They were arrested for their suspected involvement in various robberies, including stealing of motorbikes, raiding residential areas, attacks on travellers to and from the lorry stations in the municipality and on major roads in the region. The Upper West Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr. Kwasi Mensah Duku, disclosed at a press briefing, said that the Kojokperi-Wahabu-Funsi and Kojokperi-Wahabu-Wellembelle roads had become notorious for armed robbery, because of the remoteness of the area.
He said Al-Jimah, a 28-yeasr-old Fulani, alleged to have masterminded most of the robberies on that road, attacked passengers on the Wa to Tumu and Kupulma to Leo roads. Al-Jimah is also the brain behind two other robbery cases near the Wa High Court. DCOP Mr. Duku said the suspect has been on the wanted list of the police since 2010, and was arrested on August 17, 2014 at his hideout. Soro Adams, 31, is also alleged to have hatched most of the operations in the Wa Municipality, organising his boys to snatch motorbikes from people, especially, in the early hours of the day.
He and his boys are alleged to have also operated from time to time on the Jeffisi-Han road. Suspect Jallo Haruna and two others, all from Burkina Faso, were alleged to have robbed a traveller of his tricycle and money on the Vieri-Siiru road near Wa. The complainant informed members of the nearby communities, who mobilised and laid ambush to arrest Jallo, but the two others managed to escape. DCOP Mr. Duku said one Inusah Osman, who has also been on the police wanted list, was arrested from his hideout at Bugani near Bayiri.
The suspect and his team of robbers had been operating at Donkoh village and its environs, while Suiri Adams was arrested after he and his colleague attacked a policeman and robbed him of his motorbike at Tampalapani. The Regional Police Commander said on July 22, Iddrisu Imoro, alias Jato, a Fulani herdsman, who had been robbing citizens at Sombor, was arrested from his hideout. He said on August 8, the police received information that a suspected thief entered a house at Dobile section of Wa and allegedly stole a motorbike.
The suspect was arrested by a mob and subjected to severe beatings. The police rescued him and sent him to the Wa Government Hospital, but he died three days later. His body had since been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy. DCOP Mr. Duku appealed to people in the communities to refrain from the practice of instant justice, since it was against the law, and that it could lead to the killing of innocent persons. He called for public support for the police to protect lives and property, and encouraged the people to hand over criminals and suspects to the police, and not to take the law into their own hands.
The Police Commander also urged the public to volunteer information to the police and assist them in their investigations. He said the courts have a way of discharging criminals based on the slightest chance or technicality, only for the criminals to come back to society more hardened, and advised the people to put an end to the “Tegyaabunyeni” (we are all one) maxim, because the same criminals would come back to rob them in different ways.
He pointed out that security of the public was a shared responsibility, and, therefore, all stakeholders were being requested to get on board to fight crime in the region, and reduce it to the minimum. The Police Chief appealed to the people in the communities to assist the police to arrest one Yahaya, who he described as the number one hardened criminal in the region, whose activities were a source of worry to all. DCOP Mr. Duku said the police would intensify its crime prevention education on the various radio stations in the communities to sensitise the public to be alert for such miscreants.