Five suspected armed robbers who double as land guards have been picked up in the Eastern Region by police officers of the National Operation Department.
They are Phillip Kwadwo Larbi, aged 42, Abass Baah, aged 36, Edward Kwafo, aged 35, Sergeant Isaac Asare, a soldier in the Ghana Airforce believed to be a supplier of arms and ammunition to the gang and Nana Baah alias Haruna, said to be a sub-chief of Kyebi-Apapam and the sponsor of the gang.
The suspects were arrested on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, and Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at various locations.
Phillip Kwadwo Larbi was arrested on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, when the police traced the gang to their hideout in an uncompleted building at Ntoaso, a suburb of Nsawam.
Philip and seven others all armed, engaged the police in a shoot-out leading to the injury of four of them and the escape of three.
Sergeant Asare, Abass Baah, and Edward Kwafo all members of the armed robbery gang were also arrested at Kyebi on the same day.
Nana Baah was however arrested at the CID Headquarters on April 2021, where he was sighted.
Meanwhile, the four injured suspects were sent to the police hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.
Police retrieved items including three (3) assorted pistols each loaded with ammunition; extra loaded magazines, machetes, pepper spray, taser, binoculars, dagger, and motorbikes from the hideout of the suspects.
An Infinity 4-wheel car with registration number GC 598-19 believed to be owned by Nana Baah and driven by Sgt. Isaac Asare at the time of arrest has also been impounded.
Police in a statement appealed to the public, especially health facilities and herbalists in and around Nsawam and Kyebi to be on the lookout for persons with gunshot wounds who may approach them for treatment.
“These persons are believed to be heavily armed, thus pose a great danger to them and society. Such suspicious characters should be reported to the nearest Police Station. Persons with credible information are also encouraged to call the Police on Toll-Free Numbers 18555, 191, or 112,” the statement added.