Seven suspected armed robbers including 28 year-old Francis Yeboah, a Unit Committee Member at Afepaye, are in police grips for allegedly robbing a mining site.
The rest of the hoodlums are Emmanuel Duah, 27, Christopher Columbus, 30, aka ‘Saa Ne Etie’, Yaw Adutwum, 27, Akwasi Appiah, Akwasi Musah aka ‘Alhaji’ and Kwadwo Okyere aka ‘Mole, the leader of the group.
They reportedly managed to take away gold concentrate, valued at GH¢ 150,000 when they robbed Benviko Small Scale Mining at Afepaye near Nyinahin on October 10, 2015 around 5:30pm.
The Nyinahin Police, led by DSP F.K. Asare Mensah with the support of Unit Committee members of the community, apprehended the suspected armed robbers from their hideout.
DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, who made the disclosure during a press conference, said Duah, Columbus, Adutwum, Yeboah and Appiah, were arrested first.
He said Appiah then confessed that he hired the services of Kwadwo Okyere and Akwasi Musah, both domiciled at Nanako in the Western Region, who brought along a pump action and single barrel guns to rob the mining site.
According to Appiah, they (robbers) managed to rob their victim of the huge gold concretes and one single barrel gun after which they fled into the forest with their booty.
Armed with the vital information, DCOP Kofi Boakye said, the Nyinahin Police on October 15, this year, traveled to Nananko in the Western Region and arrested Okyere and Musah.
According to him, during interrogation, Okyere and Musah confessed that they indeed were part of the group that robbed the mining site, adding that Appiah invited them to help rob the site.
On October 16, this year, Okyere and Musah led the police to a forest which is about one kilometer from Afepaye and retrieved one pump action gun and two single barrel guns used for the robbery.
DCOP Kofi Boakye disclosed that efforts were being made by the police to arrest Chief aka ‘Chibay’ and Joe, all of Afepaye, for their involvement in the robbery and one, Ajehoo, who bought the gold concentrate from the robbers.
Source: Daily Guide
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