- The Asankragwa Police has apprehended nine persons for attacking and robbing miners
- The suspects were arrested on Saturday, April 25, 2020, on the Asankragwa-Wasa Dunkwa road
- Investigation revealed that some of them were dressed in military uniforms
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The Asankragwa Police has apprehended nine persons, including two National Security personnel for attacking and robbing miners of their gold concentrate.
The team led by the Divisional Crime Officer, Superintendent Henry Agbeve, said the suspects were arrested on Saturday, April 25, 2020, on the Asankragwa-Wasa Dunkwa road.
The suspects are: Anas Adams, 35, a National Security personnel of Jubilee House operations; George Ohene Adjei 56, driver, Jonathan Aryer 28, unemployed; Agyeman Jackson, 29, unemployed and Isaac Okuampah 29, painter.
The rest are George Osei 35, National Security, Asomdwe Park Accra; Patrick Fordjour 29, taxi driver, Kumasi; and Samuel Obeng 35, an allegedly dismissed soldier from the army.
A report filed by ClassFM said the suspects were reportedly onboard an unregistered black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado when they were apprehended by the police.
A thorough search revealed a vehicle plate with registration number AS 6646-20, gold concentrate in five gallons, 15 mobile phones, various foreign currencies, and four bags in which there were two military uniforms.
Investigation revealed that some of them were dressed in military uniforms, subjected some of the workers to beatings, handcuffed and tied them with ropes and abandoned them to their fate, and robbed them of their gold concentrate.
After the act, the supposed soldiers folded the military uniforms into their respective bags and fled in their vehicle.
In other news, residents of Ashaiman have debunked claims that a truck pusher, Eric Ofotsu, who was killed on Sunday, April 5, 2020, attempted to disarm a military officer who was charged to enforce compliance of the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eric Ofotsu was allegedly killed by a military man who was part of a combined military and police personnel stationed at Ashaiman to ensure strict compliance of the partial lockdown imposed by President Akufo-Addo.
Parts of a statement by the military authority said that earlier reports indicated that: ''the suspect, in resisting arrest, attempted to disarm the soldier leading to a struggle during which the soldier’s rifle accidentally went off''.
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