A/R: 5 arrested over bullion van robbery incident

Five persons suspected in connection with the bullion van robbery incident that occurred at Nyankomansu, a community near Obuasi Junction in the Adanse Fomena District, have been arrested by the Ashanti Regional Police Command.

They were arrested from their various hideouts in Techiman in the Bono East Region, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region Kasoa in the Central Region.

Police say the five were part of a ten-member robbery gang who were involved in the said bullion van robbery incident.

They were identified as Bismark Owusu Ansah alias Obese, 29; Azumah Titus, 23; Kofi Matthew alias Wiser, 24; Kwadwo Agyapong alias Labista, 30; and Martin Tei alias Kwadwo Darko, 26.

Briefing journalists in Kumasi on Monday, February 22, 2021, over the arrest, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Kwesi Mensah, said intelligence led to the men and women in black uniform to establish the identity of the suspects arrested.

The Police Commander revealed that “Subsequent to the arrest, a cash sum of GH₵53,934 together with 20 Toyota Corolla salon cars, One Tricycle and Two motorbikes were retrieved from the suspects meaning that they used part of the booty to buy those vehicles.”

The suspects, he noted, are currently in the custody of the police, assisting with investigations.

The five suspects are said to have admitted to committing the crime during interrogation by the Police.

A policeman, General Lance Corporal Baba Martin escorting a bullion van was shot dead by armed robbers at Nyankomasu.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at around 10:30 am when the armed robbers wielding AK47 guns numbering about 10 attacked the bullion van which was heading from Dunkwa-On-Offin to New Edubiase.

The bullion van which was transporting money from the Dunkwa-On-Offin branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank branch (GCB) to the New Edubiase branch was attacked leading to the killing of the police officer by the robbers.

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