Drama unfolded at Odawna in Accra on Monday, May 3, 2019, when an alleged armed robber descended into an effluence-filled tunnel to escape from his pursuers and refused to come out, despite the efforts by city authorities.
All outlets to the tunnel were blocked to prevent the suspect from escaping.
The police, who later arrived on the scene, fired warning shots and other tactics to scare the alleged robber from his refuge, but all to no avail.
According to Graphic online, the suspect, who is alleged to have stolen GH¢50,000, jumped into the Odaw drain to escape an attack by the mob, and he later managed to hide in a tunnel.
However, when the bare-chested suspect was pulled out of the tunnel soaked in stench and refuse, upon search by the police, they could not find any money on him.
According to some eyewitnesses, the suspect, around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, May 3, was seen running away after allegedly stabbing a woman and taking her GH¢50,000.
He was pursued by a mob who were determined to lynch him. Sensing danger, the suspect jumped into the Odaw drain, waded through the waste water in a tunnel in the drain filled with effluence and hid in it for close to six hours.
The incident, which attracted a large crowd, caused unusual gridlock on the Graphic Road.
All 'diplomatic' approaches by the police to get the suspect to surrender proved futile, as he was not ready to surrender easily.
Even though some volunteers dared to descend into the storm drain, they lacked the courage to go after the suspect in the tunnel because of his threat to stab anybody who made an attempt.
In a matter of about seven minutes, four shots were fired inside the tunnel, making everyone believe that the suspect, if he was not dead, would surrender.
He was finally pulled out about 1:05 p.m. and sent to the Accra Central Police Station for investigations.
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