Armed robbers attack Prison Officer’s shop amidst gunshots

A gang of four armed robbers has attacked a shop at Forifori in Afram Plains South District in Eastern Region amidst indiscriminate gunshots.

The robbery attack took place Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at about 9:30 pm.

The robbers ordered customers caught up during the robbery to lie face down.

They struck the head of the shop owner Mr. Clement Kalepe who is a Senior prison officer at ForiFori Prison camp, with the but of a gun and attacked a female shop attendant.

The robbers absconded with unspecified but huge amount of money collected from the shop at gunpoint.

The shop is the largest in ForiFori Community with brisk businesses including sale of provisions, hardware, mobile money transaction business among others.

According to the Assembly Member for ForiFori, John Tsatsu , the armed robbers were masked and wearing overall blue dress but were walking on foot.

The robbers fled before the arrival of the police. No arrest has been made yet.

The robbery gang is believed to be the same members who on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at about 7:30 pm gunned down a motor rider, identified as Bright during a robbery attack on a mobile money vendor at Ekye Amanfrom in the same district.

The four-member robbery gang who wore face masks invaded Samuel Agbozo Enterprise which is a mobile money and Phone shop amidst indiscriminate firing of warning shots.

They took away monies and many mobile phones and subsequently robbed a nearby provision shop as well.

The motor rider who was unaware of the robbery incident attempted to ride past the robbery scene but was shot dead by the armed robbers.

The robbers who were on foot absconded into the bush with the booty before the arrival of the police

Arrest of gun supplier

Last night’s robbery incident comes few days after, the Donkorkrom Divisional Police Command arrested a 46-year-old blacksmith, Philip Kpieladon, for his alleged involvement in the supply of firearms to armed robbers in the Afram Plains area.

The suspect was arrested at Maame Krobo upon intelligence by police

Items retrieved include three (3) foreign-made pistols, two (2) locally manufactured short guns, four(4) short gun barrels and four (4) gun buts.

Police also retrieved 3 AA cartridges, 5AA empty cartridges and three (3) different types of blacksmith tools.

The suspects told police during interrogation however that, he was repairing the guns for their owners.

According to DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, the Public Relations Officer of Eastern Regional Police Command, the Suspect is assisting in the investigation but will be put before a court.

Kwahu Afram Plains area has been battling with the menace of highway robberies for about two decades now.

Many have died whiles others have sustained gunshot wounds during the robbery attacks.

Victims have also lost their monies and personal belongings.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare upon assumption of office in 2021 deployed the anti armed robbery squad to the area.

On September 22, 2021, the IGP led members of the Police Management Board to visit the area to galvanize the support of chiefs and people of the area to clamp down on the criminals.

Subsequently, a crack team of police Personnel embedded with the Intelligence team stormed the area and arrested some of the suspected armed robbers while at least two of them were shot dead.


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