Self-styled military man arrested

Self-styled military man arrested

- A 32-year-old alleged gun runner has been arrested in a joint police swoop 

- The police described Amegavi as a gun runner who went about the community in military uniforms

- He was on the wanted list of the Mamprobi police

- He was arrested upon a tipp off 

- A number of weapons, including a pump action gun and a pistol  were retrieved 

- He gave conflicting reports that the weapons were for safekeeping and also belonged to a lady, all in one breath

- Amegavi according to the police supplied weapons to robbers and land guards for their nefarious activities

Self-styled military man arrested

Photo credit: Graphiconline/Bernard Ayi Amegavi in police grips now

A joint team of police personnel from Mamprobi and Korle-Bu in Accra, last Monday arrested Bernard Ayi Amegavi, a 32-year-old man for allegedly holding military accoutrement and guns without lawful authority.

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The man who the police described as a gun runner, is said to be going around the community in military uniforms which made the neighbours usually refer to him as a soldier.

Amegavi, a resident of Mamprobi is allegedly on the wanted list of the Mamprobi police for a number of fraud cases.

Although the police would not give details, they said Amegavi was also being held for defrauding some high-profile personalities.

The Dansoman Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Antwi Tabi, told the Daily Graphic that Amegavi was arrested on a tip off.

A pump action gun, a pistol and some military accoutrement, including an Army uniform with the name Amegavi embossed on it, two pairs of boots, a belt, a camouflage shirt and a muffler were retrieved when a search was conducted in his room.

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The police revealed that Amegavi, who is a known land guard at Amanfrom and its environs, was suspected to be involved in robbery activities.

Police intelligence gathered, revealed that Amegavi was  supplier of weapons to robbers, land guards and other criminals for their activities.

When he was arrested he gave conflicting reports to the police and claimed during interrogation that the weapons were giving to him for safe keeping while in another, he said the weapons were for a woman whom he failed to identify.

He is also on record to have told the police that he was a soldier in the Ghana Armed Forces but deserted at the rank of Lance Corporal in 2010.

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Strangely, the uniform found on him bore the rank of a sergeant.

Amegavi has since been charged with a first degree felony of possessing arms without lawful authority and in line to also stand trial for possessing military accoutrement without authority.

Meanwhile, the police have written to the Military Police Unit of the Ghana Armed Forces to ascertain the suspect’s claim that he was once a soldier.

He is a father of three.

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