By: Rita Kafui Nedjoh | Voltaonlinegh |
The Ho District Police Command has arrested two suspects in connection with the robbery of a mobile money vendor at CK Road, Ho in the Volta Region.
The two suspects identified as Emmanuel Akaboah, 34 and Sefadzi Ameviwogbe, 33 were arrested for offenses of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Briefing the media on the incident at the Volta Regional Police Headquarters in Ho, the Volta Regional Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro-Kwarteng said the suspect Emmanuel Akaboah together with the fugitive identified only as Mohammed attacked the mobile money vendor and made away with 6 mobile phones and an amount of Gh₵8,000.00.
Narrating the incident, DCOP Oduro-Kwarteng said suspect Emmanuel Akaboah wielding a locally made gun, fired shots to frighten the victim and seized his backpack containing money and mobile phones adding, “the suspects having succeeded in their nefarious activity, bolted with six assorted mobile phones and a cash of GH₵ 8,000.00.”
He further said that shouts for help by the victim and bystanders attracted a police officer with the Volta Regional SWAT Team who demonstrating a great sense of tenacity, persuaded the suspect and arrested him amidst firing by the suspect Akaboah.
The Regional Commander stated that, “investigations revealed that the suspect Sefadzi Ameviwogbe, who had monitored the activities of the victim, masterminded the robbery.
Speaking to Voltaonlinegh, the victim corroborated the Regional Commander’s narration and added that the police officer (mistaken to be a civilian) who came to his (victim) rescue was beaten and pelted by the crowd for shielding the suspects from their attacks.
“The policeman was not in uniform so the people did not know he is a policeman and were angry with him because this is not the first time that this attack and robbery is happening in the community,” he explained.
According to him, the description given by suspect Akaboah about his accomplice after his arrest, aided him (victim) to identify suspect Ameviwogbe who lives opposite Lord Hotel in Ho and who usually comes to transact mobile money business with him, to also be arrested.
DCOP Oduro-Kwatweng said efforts were underway to apprehend the fugitive to assist in further investigations and cautioned mobile money vendors to close their operations early and be security conscious to avoid such attacks.