The suspected armed robbers, the alleged stolen money and the weapons used in their operations.

Military officer, five others nabbed for armed robbery

Six suspected armed robbers, including a military officer, who are alleged to have robbed rural banks, microfinance companies and individuals, have been arrested in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.

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The suspects are Staff Sergeant Alhassan Hameed, 42, a military officer at the Liberation Barracks in Sunyani, Sherriff Adams alias Alhaji Fresh, 31, Osei Kuffour, 32, Kwadwo Francis, 25, Edmund Bawuah, 27, and Kwabena Yeboah, 32.

The robbers, who are said to have used an Opel Astra taxi cab with registration number ER 3552 U in their robbery operations, included two drivers.

The arrest

Briefing the media at the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Headquarters in Sunyani, the Regional Police Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Alhaji Arhin Maama, said the suspects were arrested at dawn on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Yawhima near Sunyani.

He said they had earlier in the night stormed BACCSOD Microfinance Company at Wenchi, adding that the robbers tied the watchman, entered the banking hall and took away an unspecified amount of money. 

Chief Superintendent Maama said the police, acting upon a tip-off, alerted all patrol teams on duty thus leading to their arrest at the Yawhima police checkpoint.

He said a search conducted on them revealed four mobile phones, two knives, two pistols, two crowbars, one screw driver, one strong decoder, one military uniform, a cutlass as well as several unused cartridges of bullets.  

Robbery cases

According to Chief Superintendent Maama, Alhaji Fresh was currently standing trial on a robbery charge at the Sunyani High Court having been granted bail at the Fiapre Circuit court.

He explained that he (Alhaji Fresh) robbed Thonkets Company Limited, distributors of Nestle products in Sunyani, in June last year together with four others.

He said, Staff Sergeant Hameed had been on the wanted list of the police for robbery cases in the region.

Chief Superintendent Maama said the suspects had robbed Derma, Bechem and Bormaa rural banks with the same modus operandi where they tied the watchmen and dumped them somewhere, using a taxi cab, while the others conducted the robbery.

Victim identifies one

He said a victim, had identified the soldier and Kojo Francis as having robbed him in Kumasi of his bag containing his laptop, ipad, Samsung Galaxy-5, iPhone-4, six other mobile phones, his passport and 1.5 million CFA.

Chief Superintendent Maama, however, appealed to members of  the public who might have been robbed by the gang to come and assist them with information and identification.

In a related development, the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command, in collaboration with the Brong Ahafo Regional Lottery Authority, has arrested 13 suspected individuals believed to have been engaging in illegal lottery activities in Techiman.

Their arrest follows the authority’s frantic efforts to curtail the practice in the region.

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