A Police Patrol Team from the Ashanti Regional Highway Patrol Unit arrested 3 persons for unlawful possession of arms last Saturday afternoon at about 1:00pm.

The Unit , in their usual patrols intercepted two persons , the driver and one other occupant , on board a private Toyota Corolla Saloon Car with registration number AS 1108 17 carrying weapons on the Kumasi-Obuasi stretch.

“A search conducted in the vehicle revealed a white fertilizer sack containing an AK 47 Assault Rifle and 56 rounds of live ammunitions plus two empty Magazines,” Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng said.

The driver , Ibrahim Owusu Sekyere , 37 and Abubakari Mahama, 40 years respectively were immediately arrested to assist in investigations.

"During interrogations, suspect Abubakari Mahama claimed ownership of the weapon and ammunition and mentioned suspect Amadu Yakubu , 51 years Ivorian , as the source of the weapons and ammunition".

"He however, indicated to Police that he collected the weapon from one Amadu Yakubu from Nyamoransa near Cape Coast in the Central Region to be sold in Kumasi for a fee".

"On Sunday 29th October 2017 at about 1:30pm suspect Amadu Yakubu who travelled to Kumasi to collect the proceeds from the sale of the weapon and ammunition was subsequently arrested by the Police to assist in investigations" The Police revealed.

Suspect Amadu Yakubu also admitted to Police in his caution statement of having sold the said weapon and ammunition to Abubakari Mahama. That he got the weapon and ammunition during the Ivory Coast Civil unrest and brought same to Ghana from Abidjan for sale.

Suspect Abubakari Mahama after his arrest also offered a bribe of Three Thousand and Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC 3,500.00) to the Police in order to be let off the hook but the police declined.

Both suspects Abubakari Mahama and Amadu Yakubu are all in custody assisting in investigations and would be put before court for prosecution after investigations are over.

In another development, personnel from the Regional Anti Armed Robbery Unit have arrested Opoku Mensah Isaac and Samuel Kumah all blacksmith for the illegal manufacturing of locally made single barrel guns and selling same at Asonomanso.

On Monday 30th October, 2017 the team acting upon intelligence proceeded to the area and arrested Opoku Mensah Isaac, 49 years and Samuel Kumah, 39years to the Regional Headquarters to assist in further investigations.

The police retrieved thirteen (13) locally made manufactured single barrels guns have so far been retrieved from the suspects and being kept as exhibits for further investigations.

Prince / SilverNews