- 3 men have been arrested in connection with the alleged shipment of some 59 AK-47 assault rifles
- The suspects were picked up at Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region
- They were uncovered after weeks of intelligence gathering and monitoring
Three men have been arrested in connection with an alleged shipment of some 59 AK-47 assault rifles from Accra to Walewale in the North East Region.
The suspects were reportedly picked up on Friday, August 30, 2019, at Nsakina near Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region after they were reported to be part of a highly networked syndicate that bought weapons and sent them to the North.
The counter-terrorism unit of the Ghana Police Service, following weeks of intelligence gathering and monitoring, uncovered operations of the syndicate.
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Director of Operations at the Accra Region Police Command, ACP Kwesi Ofori who spoke to Joy News after the operation, did not give further details about the syndicate but said, investigators were keeping an open mind and will follow all credible leads.
The counter-terrorism squad initially arrested four persons but it is currently focusing on two, who are said to be key members of a very dangerous arms smuggling syndicate.
The members of the syndicate have already bought and sent 59 AK-47 riffles to Walewale, a part of the country which has seen violent conflicts in the past leaving many dead and properties destroyed.
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In other news, the Ghana Police Administration has announced that all officers of the police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) across the country would now be armed while on traffic duties.
This move according to the police administration would ensure the protection of its personnel who have recently come under attack in their line of duty.
Five police officers have been killed in the last 30 days, something that has brought to the fore, the issue of safety of law enforcers in the country.
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