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05.06.2006 Crime & Punishment

Two Arrested Over Robbery, Murder

By A. Kofoya-Tetteh.
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Two young men suspected to be linked to a robbery incident which took place last Friday in which a 62-year-old man was shot dead and four others wounded have been arrested.

The robbers raided seven houses near the residence of the Okyenhene at Oman, a suburb of Kyebi, in the Eastern Region.

The two claimed that a motorcycle on which they were travelling developed a fault at Akwadum so they went to hire a taxi to take them to Suhum.

The body of the deceased, Kwaku Temeng, has been deposited at the Kyebi Government Hospital mortuary, while the other victims of the robbery incident, Doris Opare, Beatrice Cambel and Otu Samuel, who had a deep cut on the head, are on admission at the same hospital.

Bismark Akowuah, who was also wounded during the attack, has been treated and discharged.

Briefing the Daily Graphic at Kyebi shortly after the incident, the Kyebi Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Kosi Zu, said at about 7:30 p.m. last Friday, the police had information that a gang of armed robbers was attacking residents of Oman. But when policemen rushed to the scene, the robbers fled into the bush.

He said the robbers used pump action guns, cutlasses and knives and after killing Temeng and injuring the others, they collected the mobile phones of their victims and an unspecified amount of money from occupants of the seven houses in the area.

The Divisional Police Commander said eight empty shells and a kitchen knife were found at the scene of the incident.

When the Daily Graphic visited the area, relatives of the deceased had converged on the Kyebi Police Station where the two suspects were being detained.

Meanwhile, the East Akyem District Security Committee, chaired by the District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Victor Asihene, had held an emergency meeting with traditional rulers at Kyebi to discuss the security situation in the area.Last year, the area witnessed a spate of armed robberies.