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11.05.2009 General News

Cop Interdicted Over Missing Assault Rifle

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi -
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The Ashanti Regional Police Command has interdicted a policeman who claimed his fully loaded AK 47 assault rifle was snatched from him by  armed robbers.

Constable Alhassan Muntari who was  on night duty at a petrol filling station on Tuesday at Asena, near Mamponteng said his gun was taken away from him by the robbers in the shop of the station.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwasi Duku, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, confirmed this to the Times, on Friday, and said “the Regional Command  finds the incident shocking and  there is the need for the interdiction to ensure  thorough investigation”.

ACP Duku decided to give details but said Constable Muntari would soon face  a service enquiry as part of the investigations.

The Times had gathered that Constable Muntari claimed  he was in the shop of the filling station at dawn with a watchman who later went out of the shop and a few minutes later  four armed robbers entered  the shop.

Constable Muntari alleged that one of the robbers hit his back,  snatched the assault rifle from him, and fled with the rest. 

They did not take anything from the shop.
In the morning, Constable Muntari was said to have lodged a complaint with the Mamponteng Police.

The Mamponteng District Police   Commander, Superintendent Comfort Boateng, confirmed the report  and said the case had been forwarded to the Regional Command.

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