The police have arrested one Kwabena Wiafe Akenten, popularly known as "Osofo" for possessing firearms without a license.
The 44 year old suspect, who heads the Dominion Sabbath Church, was arrested by the police patrol team at his house at Katamanso, near Ashaiman, on October 17, 2015, for possessing two locally made pistols and is to reappear in court on Monday, October 26, 2015.
The Tema Regional Police Command PRO, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Juliana Obeng, in a statement, said the patrol team, which was on duty in the area, gathered intelligence that Akenten was keeping firearms and ammunitions in his room and quickly proceeded to Akenten’s house and searched his room.
In the search, the police retrieved two locally made pistols, a generator, a machete and a hammer, which the accused claimed ownership of.
Osofo claimed ownership, and told the police that he purchased the guns in Kumasi. The suspect was subsequently apprehended while the guns were retrieved and sent to the regional headquarters for further investigations.
The police’s further investigations revealed that Pastor Akenten was a member of a Neighbourhood Watchdog Committee (NWC) and had a few weeks earlier told the other members of the watchdog committee that he had acquired the pistols to complement their work but other members of the group objected to his suggestion and even threatened to report him to the police.
Out of fear Osofo allegedly hid the guns in the bush but could not locate them the next day when he came looking for them due to the owner of the land grading it. He returned later and found the pistols hidden under some weeds. He collected and kept them in his room.
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Meanwhile, the Tema Regional Police Command, reminded NWC members that they were not allowed to carry weapons during their patrols and asked them to seek clarification on issues concerning their operations which they were not sure of.