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22.08.2004 Crime & Punishment

88 Suspected Criminals Rounded Up In Kumasi

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88 Suspected Criminals Rounded Up In Kumasi
AUG 22, 2004 CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Eighty-Eight suspected criminals, including two women, were rounded up in Kumasi by a combined team of police and military personnel from the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions in a dawn swoop on Tuesday.Nineteen of them were alleged to have been involved in criminal activities, including armed robbery, causing harm, snatching of bags and mobile phones.

The alleged members of the terror groups were arraigned before a Kumasi Circuit Court on Wednesday.They were remanded in prison custody to enable the police to carry out further investigations.A statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Mr Ofosu Mensah Gyeabour, said the swoop was to help create an enabling environment for law abiding citizens to go about economic activities without harassment from any quarters.

The statement noted that the exercise was a continuation of previous ones conducted within the metropolis to help clamp down on activities of criminals.It mentioned the areas where the exercise took place as Yalwa Zongo, Fanti New Town, Alaboa, Sawaaba, Aboabo Number Two and Akwatialine.

The statement said following complaints lodged at various police stations, an intelligence report indicated that armed robbery, snatching of mobile phones and violent actions were becoming rampant in the metropolis. It said among the suspected criminals were 15 nationals from other West African countries, mainly Mali, who were also helping the police in their investigations.

It said the team also retrieved a number of household items, including TV sets, VCD players, tape recorders and other offensive weapons.It said some wrapped leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were also retrieved. According to the statement, some of the suspected criminals who, after the screening exercise, were found to be innocent were released unconditionally and some on police enquiry bail.

The statement also called on members of the public who had fallen victim to activities of criminals to come forward and assist the police in their investigations. He commended the security personnel for a good work done.

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