Nine (9) armed robbers, including two operatives of National Security who work directly at the Presidency in the Jubilee House Operations and an ex-soldier have been arrested by the Asankragwa Divisional Police for allegedly robbing a mining site near Atalla in the Western Region of Ghana.

The nine suspects were remanded into prison custody on Wednesday, April 29 by an Asankragwa magistrate court.

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The court remanded the nine suspects into prison custody because it said it has no jurisdiction to hear the case. The remand was necessary to pave way for prosecutors to send the case to the High court.

Police identified the suspects as George Osei, stationed at the popular Asomdwee Park near Osu Castle in Accra, and 35-year-old Anas Adams, who is also security opererative, George Ohene Adjei 56 years, driver and owner of the vehicle; Jonathan Aryer 28 years, Unemployed; Agyeman Jackson, 29 years, Unemployed; Isaac Okuampah 29 years painter; Patrick Fordjour, 29 years, taxi Driver, Kumasi; and Samuel Obeng, 35, and Kofi Asante who is the gang leader.

Samuel Obeng who is an ex-soldier was allegedly dismissed from the Ghana armed forces. The gang leader, Kofi Asante however managed to escape.

The suspects were arrested on the Asankragwa-Wasa Dukwa road in a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with a number plate with registration number AS 6646-20, gold concentrate in five gallons, 15 mobile phones, various foreign currencies, and four bags and two military uniforms.

Police say the robbery was perpetuated in the military uniforms emboldened with a sergeant and private ranks.

“The supposed soldiers after the robbery, folded the military uniforms into their respective bags and fled in their vehicle. The workers managed to free themselves and ran away. The Police visited the scene and managed to retrieve the damaged handcuffs and the workers informed police that the suspects came there to rob them of their gold concentrate. The suspects are in custody whilst the vehicle and all other items retained,” police report read.

The suspects will be re-arraigned before the Takoradi High Court on May 26.

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