Two suspects arrested

…for attempted robbery

By Dora Akyaa Asare

Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested by the Nima Police for attempting to rob a plastic chairs manufacturing company in Accra.

The suspects are Eric Coffie, a 24 year old machine operator, and his accomplice, Solomon Baligah, 20 years.

According to DSP Amos K. Yelisong, on November 3, 2010, at about 8:30 p.m., the Nima Divisional Intelligence Team had information that Eric Coffie, who works as a machine operator at Comfortplast Ghana Limited, had conspired with his 20 year old brother, Solomon Baligah, to rob the company.

Eric Coffie, on November 5, according to DSP Yelisong, sent his accomplice, Solomon Baligah, to Nima to recruit some persons, armed with guns, to go and rob the company.

He noted that upon a tip off, personnel from the Nima Divisional Criminal Investigative Department (CID), together with some colleagues from the CID headquarters, under the leadership of DSP Mr. Amos K. Yelisong, posed as armed robbers to be recruited for the operation.

The suspect, Solomon, unknowingly led them to Comfortplast Ghana Limited to rob the Director of the company.

Eric, according to DSP Amos, placed a ladder behind the Director’s wall, and later his accomplice led the disguised policemen to climb and rob the Director.
However, luck eluded them when they were finally arrested by policemen in plain clothes, and in their caution statement, admitted committing the offence.

In another development, the Nima Divisional Intelligence team has also arrested a 30-year-old taxi driver for robbing a businessman of his belongings.The suspect, Victor Afastawa, was arrested on November 7, at about 7:00 p.m. at Awutu Papase near Kasoa in the Central Region.

According to the police report, on November 1, 2010, at about 9 o’clock in the morning, the complainant, Patel Bhavan, an Indian national and a businessman, boarded a taxi cab with unknown registration number from Kokomlemle to Circle. On reaching the Apollo Theatre, the complainant alighted to check his flight schedule, whilst the driver remained in the taxi cab.

However, Mr. Patel Bhavan, on his return, realised that the suspect had bolted with his three handbags containing his company’s documents, HP digital camera, Nokia cell phone, and a sum of GH¢1,000.

He immediately reported the incident to the Nima police station, leading to the arrest of Victor Afastawa.

The police said they would be put before court on November 9, 2010.

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