4 Busted For Robbery

The suspects. INSET: The items found on them

FOUR men have been arrested by the police at the Krobo mining site at Aboagyekrom near Jacobu in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region on suspicion of a planned robbery.

The taxi cab the suspects were using has also been intercepted by
the police.

The arrests of Prince Afful, 28; Emmanuel Kesse, 19; Prince Adjei,
24; and Kwadwo Sarpong, 27, came shortly after police at Jacobu were alerted of
a planned robbery operation that was to be carried out by the four at the
mining site last Sunday.

Jacobu’s District Police Commander, Supt. Abdulai Iddrisu, told
the journalists yesterday that one of the suspects whose name was only given as
Ike managed to escape arrest.

According to him, two sets of military uniform, one dismantled
pump-action gun, a pistol, 17 BB live cartridges, a cutter and a number of
disposable plastic handcuffs were found inside the Daewoo Matiz taxi registered
BA 2855–17.

Supt. Iddrisu said the offensive weapons and other items had been
concealed inside the inner panel of the car doors to prevent detection, adding
that the men had plotted to “rob a Ghanaian miner” at the Krobo
mining site where they had previously carried out similar operations.

The police chief stated that the four admitted during
interrogation that they were going to the mining site to collect something from
a Chinese even though police investigation revealed that the Ghanaian miner was
their target.

Supt Iddrisu gave an assurance that they would soon be arraigned to answer criminal charges, including robbery and possession of military accoutrements and weapons without lawful authority.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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