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10.04.2006 Crime & Punishment

Tema Police saves armed robber from being lynched


Tema, April 10, GNA - Eric Amoako, a 35-year-old suspected armed robber was on Saturday saved by the Tema Police Buffalo Patrol team from being lynched at Ashaiman, near Tema.

Police Chief Inspector Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, Tema Police Public Affairs Officer told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, the buffalo patrol team had information that a suspected armed robber was being lynched at Ashaiman round-about on Saturday at about 1300 hours. He said the team had a tough time rescuing the suspect from the mob, when they reached the scene.

Chief Inspector Nketia-Yeboah indicated that, Amoako together with two others now at large, resided at Nima in Accra, have been monitoring the area from a distance on their motorbike, when they suddenly attacked a shop at gunpoint in broad daylight.

The armed robbers, who robbed the attendants of over 23 million cedis and other unspecified amount from sales amid warning shots were counter attacked by passers-by, who retrieved the stolen amount from them.

He stated that, the two other robbers managed to escape on their motorbike, living Amoako behind, which led to him being nearly lynched by the mob.

Three victims Mr Stephen Osabutey, 31, Mr George Banikuma, 23 and Mr Abdul Karim Asare, 27 years, who received gun shot wounds together with Amoako were rushed to the Tema General Hospital, where they were treated and discharged.

Chief Inspector Nketia-Yeboah indicated that, Amoako confessed to the crime to the police and stated that they came from Nima to rob the stall after monitoring it for some time.

He is currently responding to treatment and in police custody assisting the police in its investigations. Meanwhile, the Tema Regional Police Command has appealed to the public to assist them with information to apprehend those suspects on the run for a handsome reward.