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25.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Suspected Robbers Grabbed

By Daily Guide

TWO NOTORIOUS armed robbers, who have been terrorizing residents of Dansoman and its environs, have been grabbed by the Dansoman Police while three of their accomplices are said to be on the run.

The two, Kwame Asiedu alias Slim, 32 and Aaron Eshun, alias Paa Tee, 30, both taxi drivers, were on Monday identified by their victims at an identification parade organized by the Police at Dansoman, a suburb of Accra.

The gangsters, who were said to have robbed their victims between March and February, 2008, took away mobile phones, millions of local and foreign currencies, cars and ladies handbags.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Superintendent Alex Yartey Tawia, the District Commander, said in view of the recent spate of armed robbery within Dansoman and its environs, coupled with series of complaints lodged with the police, they intensified intelligence gathering to clamp down on the robbers.

He said this led to the arrest of Asiedu and Eshun, identified to be notorious armed robbers, who had committed most of the crimes in the community.

According to Supt. Tawia, during interrogation, cheque booklets and other stolen items were found on them, and later some of the victims of the robbery came to the station to identify those items.

The robbers, according to Supt. Tawia, confessed their complicity in the various crimes committed around Dansoman, Odorkor, Kaneshie and other suburbs of Accra.

They were subsequently put on parade for identification and the two were picked out of the lot as the men who attacked victims with cutlasses and took away their valuables.

As part of their mode of operations, the armed robbers attacked their victims, snatched their cars, used them in other criminal escapades and abandoned the cars after removing their stereo equipment.

Supt. Tawia told DAILY GUIDE that through intelligence-gathering, the police got to know that many of the robberies were committed by the same people.

He disclosed that in the course of interrogation, the two men mentioned names of their three accomplices who are on the run but because of security reasons, Supt. Tawia declined to disclose their identities.

Asiedu and Eshun were said to be very good drivers who could do a lot of antics with any car they seized.

Supt. Tawia appealed to the general public to help the police by disclosing information on the three persons and other miscreants to help weed such misfits out of society.

The District Commander indicated that the robbers would be put before an Accra Fast Track Court.

By Wisdom Peter Awuku

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