The combined efforts of the police and members of Wassa Appiahkrom and Ayiem communities have led to the arrest of nine robbery suspects in two robbery attacks on 7 and 8 January 2022 at Wassa Akropong and Mpohor in the Western Region.
The suspects, according to a police statement, attacked their victims with an array of weapons such as a locally manufactured pistol, cutlasses and a dagger.
They bolted from the crime scenes with various items including a motorbike, mobile phones and a cash amount of GHS 2,700.
Suspects Godwin Boah, Philemon Essien, Emmanuel Yaley, Mohammed Sumaila, Evans Amarh, Patrick Aboah, Augustine Nana Abaka, Kwabena Acquah and Godfred Akwah are currently in police custody.
Suspect Philemon Essien, who sustained gunshot wounds on his hand and suspect Emmanuel Yaley, who sustained non-gunshot-related injuries during the arrest, were sent to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital where they were admitted for treatment and are under police guard.
The items retrieved from the suspects include a cash amount of GHS 2,200, a motorbike, and an Opel taxi with registration number WR 3186-14, which has been impounded for further investigation.
The police said it is on the lookout for two of the suspects who managed to escape.
“We highly commend the community members of Wassa Appiahkrom and Ayiem for supporting the police in effecting the arrests,” the police statement noted.
It further commended the personnel of the Western regional command for their patriotic services toward ensuring peace and security in the region.