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11.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Robbery victims identify suspects

By Daily Guide

Two robbery victims yesterday identified two out of the ten suspects paraded during an identification exercise at the Regional Police Headquarters in Accra.

The ten suspects are Kwadwo Yamoah, 29, Nii Okai Ayitey, 30, Blessing Adeoka, 24, Simon Tetteh aka Wallace, 26 and Michael Quarcoo, aka Vandam, 31.

The rest wereAwoi Mensah, 29, William Ayina, 27, Godwin Nyamavor, 36, Victor Adams Okeke, 26 and Rabbi Asamoah who were arrested in different locations including Odorkor, Agyiriganor, Komkomba and Agbogbloshie markets.

The two suspects Ayina and Asamoah were identified by one Abdul Sumani, a watchman and Kate Nuamah respectively.

Narrating the circumstances that led to their arrest, the Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Denis Ako-Dem Abade told media men that on February 20 and 25 this year, three robberies were reported at the East Legon police station by some victims.

In the first incident, which happened on February 20, three gun men attacked Andrew Tuffour Boadi and his family with locally manufactured pistols at their East Legon residence.

The family was brutalized and robbed of a DVD player, three mobile phones, the ignition key to vehicle number GR 3693/09, a monitor and an amount of GH 15.00.

In the second and third instance which occurred on February 25, a gang of six robbers attacked Rosemary Puni and her sister also at their residence at Agyirigano and robbed them of a grey Toyota Yars vehicle number GW 4618 Z, one HP lap top computer, a Nokia mobile phone and a Samsung mobile phone.

The rest of the stolen items were an iPod, a cannon digital camera, $140.00, 40 South African rands and GH 12.00.

Thereafter, the gang proceeded to the house of Kate Nuamah, who together with her husband and sister were attacked by the six armed men and robbed of three assorted mobile phones.

Kate's son's head was hit with an object for being pompous.

Later, the Legon police command arrested suspects William, Godwin and Rabbi in a barbering kiosk belonging to Rabbi at Agyiriganor upon a tip of.

A big traveling bag which was recovered from the kiosk contained some spiritual items and assorted mobile phones.

When they were quizzed over the ownership of the bag, Godwin Nyamavor who said he was a spiritualist based in the Volta Region claimed the voodoo items belonged to him. He told the police that he was invited by Ayina who claimed to be a phone repairer to help him with his spiritual prowess to secure an Italian visa to travel to that country.

Yamoah and Ayitey were arrested at Odorkor whilst in the company of two wanted armed robbers; Lion and Not Nice who were heading towards Kasoa.

Blessing Adeoka, Wallace, Vandam and Okeke were believed to have been involved in robbery cases in and around Dodowa, Somanya and its environs. They were arrested in their hide outs at the Komkomba and Agbogbloshie markets. Awoi Mensah was also arrested for similar offence at Accra central.

The Police boss appealed to members of the general public who might have fallen victims to these robbers to visit the regional police headquarters to identify suspects.

He also noted that some stolen items had been retrieved from the robbers and called on victims to come with their receipts to identify and collect their items.

By Rocklyn Antonio