Saturday, 15 June

W/R: 4 busted for attacking Police | Alleged case of extortion referred to the PPSB for investigation

The suspects

Four persons have been arrested for attacking the Axim Divisional Police patrol team where they seized the magazine of a Service rifle together with some mobile phones belonging to the Police officers on 9th March 2023.

The suspects, Kojo Siah alias Mozey, Emmanuel Mensah alias Kofi Asamoah, Maxwell Cudjoe and Agyabu Haruna Dissawu were arrested on 28th March, 2023 for their suspected involvement in the attack.

A search conducted at the residence of Kwame Ato Asare Ani, the prime suspect, who is still on the run, led to the retrieval of three (3) pump-action shotguns. Also, one (1) pump-action shotgun, (2) machetes and eight (8) BB refilled cartridges were retrieved from the suspect's unregistered Honda CRV vehicle.  Other items retrieved from the suspects include two (2) live refilled BB cartridges and one (1) unregistered motorbike.

On April 1, 2023, while the investigations were ongoing to get the remaining suspects arrested, the attention of the Police was drawn to a video footage in which the said Police personnel, members of the Axim Patrol team, are shown pleading with members of the gang while the gang is alleging extortion by the police officers.

The allegation of extortion against the officers has been referred to the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSP) for investigation.

All the suspects in the reported attack on the patrol team, who had been arrested, have been put before court and have been remanded in custody. Efforts are continuing to get the remaining suspects arrested.

Source: Mensah