Nine robbery suspects have been arrested by the Ghana Police Service in the Western Region with the help of Wassa Appiahkrom and Ayiem communities.
The Police service confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Monday, January 10 while applauding the joint effort which had led to the arrests. “The combined efforts of the police and members of Wassa Appiahkrom and Ayiem communities led to the arrest of mine (9) robbery suspects in two robbery attacks on 7th and 8th January, 2022 at Wassa Akropong and Mpohor in the Western Region,” part of the statement read.
“We highly commend community members of Wassa Appiahkrom and Ayiem for supporting the police in effecting the arrests.
“We equally commend the personnel of the Western Regional Command for their patriotic services towards ensuring peace and security in the region.
“Indeed, Police-Community partnership is the master key to crime fighting. Let us therefore continue to work together for safer communities,” the Police statement concludes.
The suspects subsequently bolted from the crime scenes with various items including a motorbike, mobile phones and a cash amount of Two Thousand Seven Hundred Ghana cedis.
The suspects including Godwin Boah, Philemon Essien, Emmanuel Yaley, Mohammed Sumaila, Evans Amarh, Patrick Aboah, Augustine Nana Abaka, Kwabena Acquah, and Godfred Akwah are currently in police custody.
Suspect Philemon Essien who sustained gunshot wound on his hand and suspect Emmanuel Yaley who sustained non-gun-shot related injuries during the arrest were sent to Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital where they were admitted for treatment under Police guard.
Items retrieved from the suspects include a cash amount of Two Thousand Two Hundred Ghana cedis, a motorbike, and an Opel taxi with Registration no. WR 3186-14, which have been impounded for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for two other suspects who managed to escape.