Soldier, Police Arrested For Robbery

From left: Corporal Bernard Tsagli (soldier), Lance Corporal
Samuel Asamoah (police) and Crosby Ofori Danso

A
soldier, police and civilian have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police
Command for their alleged involvement in robberies in Accra.

The
soldier, Corporal Bernard Tsagli, 39, and the police Lance Corporal Samuel Asamoah,
33, were interdicted for their alleged involvement in similar robbery cases for
which they were hauled to court and granted bail last year.

The
civilian, who was arrested with the two, is Crosby Ofori Danso, a 41-year-old
unemployed.

They
went on the robbery spree after they were granted bail by the police, according
to the police.

Prior
to their respective interdictions, the soldier was attached to quarter master
stores of the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, whereas the policeman was with the
Kasoa Divisional Police Command in the Central Region.

Modus Operandi

According
to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, the suspects usually trail victims,
who go to the bank to withdraw money and accost them on their way home.

The
suspects in uniforms would falsely accuse and arrest the victims, who have
withdrawn huge sums of money from the bank and claim they had committed an
offence and put them in a waiting taxi.

On
the way, the suspects would pull a gun on the victims and rob them of their
money.

Facts of Case

Acting
Accra Regional Police Commander Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCOP) Kwaku Boadu Peprah, said the arrest was made yesterday around
11:30am based on police intelligence at Galilea at Weija.

He said police received a
complaint from victims of their activities and through police intelligence,
they were nabbed yesterday.

DCOP
Kwaku Boadu Peprah revealed that the three suspects were arrested in March 2018 for
the same offence and put before court.

“The
court granted them bail two months ago after being placed in police custody for
close to a year only to be re-arrested for another offence of robbery,” he
disclosed.

He
said checks by police revealed that the two security personnel were interdicted
by both the police and the military while on trial.

“Presently,
they are not serving as security personnel, but we will keep them in our
custody to assist in our investigation,” he added

Victim Speaks

Meanwhile, one of the victims,
who is a taxi driver and helped to arrest the suspects, told DAILY
GUIDE
how he came to know them.

He said on Friday, April 26, the
three suspects met him at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Accra, and after introducing
themselves as police officers, they hired his services to help effect an arrest
of a suspect at Nima Junction.

Bank Move

He said upon reaching a bank
along the Ring Road, the suspects asked him to stop while they waited for the supposed
‘suspect’ whom they claimed was withdrawing money from the bank.

The victim said shortly afterwards,
a man holding a brown enveloped came out of the banking hall and so he was
asked to trail him to his location.

“The moment we got to Nima gutter,
the three men accused the man of peddling in drugs and pushed him into my taxi.

“People around wanted to
intervene, but the three men identified themselves as policemen and ordered me
to drive towards Teshie Police Station, but on the way, they asked me to branch
towards Burma Camp area,” he narrated.

Rambo Style

He said “an amount of GH¢2,500 was
robbed from the victim at gunpoint and when they got to an obscure location at
Nkrumah Flat area, they pushed the man out of the car.”

“Upon seeing the gun, I began to
shiver and so one of them pointed a gun at me and took charge of the vehicle.”

“They then drove me all the way to
Gbawe Zero area where they got down and asked me to go after taking my license
with my contact written at the back.”

Police Intervention

 “I reported the matter to the police, and on
Sunday morning I received a call from the suspects, who wanted to know if I had
reported the matter but I answered in the negative.

“They then told me that they have
reserved my share of the money and further asked me to prepare for another
operation,” he said.

He revealed that the police told
him to feign interest in the next operation.

According to the taxi driver, the
suspects called him for another ‘operation’ and said on their way to Cape Coast
the police apprehended them at Galilea Junction.

Previous Schemes

The three suspects were on March
27, 2018, arrested by the police for robbing people who had gone to the banks
to withdraw money.

According to police reports, they mainly operated at Abeka Lapaz, Spintex Road, Abattoir and other parts of Accra.

(lindatenyah@gmil.com)

By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey



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