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10.03.2009 General News

Panthers boss summoned over police robber

By Daily Guide

The Ghana Police Service High Command has taken serious exception to a recent robbery involving Constable Tetteh Samadzi and held a high-powered meeting yesterday to determine what action to take.

According to the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), DCOP Frank Adu Poku, the Commander of the Panthers Unit, ASP Mr. Somian had been summoned to appear before the Acting IGP, Mrs. Elizabeth Mills Robertson.

The CID boss said a directive had also been issued for the transfer of Samadzi to the Regional Police Headquarters, so that an administrative enquiry and thorough investigations would be conducted into his alleged involvement in the robbery, adding that the Police Administration would examine his background.  

The Police Administration gave the assurance that it would ensure that the constable was duly punished for the offence if he was found culpable.

Constable Tetteh Samadzi was arrested together with one Foster on Friday March 6, over a robbery incident at Pokuase near Accra.

He had since been interdicted and was currently in the custody of the Mile Seven Police Station at Achimota.

The constable, who was allegedly chauffeuring the gang of robbers in a Volkswagen Golf with registration number GT 2472 R, told irate youth who were then searching for the robbers that he was called by Foster to help in the search for the criminals.

However one of the robbery victims, Justice Acquah told DAILY GUIDE that Foster who was his friend, led a gang of four men to his house at about 1:00am on Independence Day and robbed him of GH¢250, two mobile phones and a DVD player.

He said his door was forcibly opened with concrete blocks and shots from sophisticated weapons were fired indiscriminately during the robbery, holding everyone spellbound. He was also beaten to pulp by the robbers, he noted.

Also, at about 3:00am that same day, Foster and his gang robbed one Evans Boakye, a newspaper vendor at the same location and bolted with three phones and an amount of GH¢150.

Evans told DAILY GUIDE that he was nearly killed by the robbers.

At the time of their arrest, an AK47 rifle, a pistol, as well as live and spent cartridges were found in the car which had a police sticker on the windscreen.

The police also found in the car boot, concrete blocks suspected to have been used by the robbers in breaking the doors to the houses of their victims.

The items are being kept at the police station as exhibits.

By Rocklyn Antonio