Police in the Ashanti Region have confirmed the arrest of 11 suspects in connection with a deadly gun attack at Manso/Dadease in the Amansie South District Monday night.
The suspects, all males, have since been detained by the police as investigations continue.
Ashanti Regional Police Crime Officer, ACP Felix Kwasi Cosmos, who led a team of officers to the scene, told Myjoyonline.com that the suspects were arrested upon police intelligence.
“So far, we have picked up about 11 suspects. We are going to screen them and then we will take it from there,” ACP Cosmos said.
It is gathered that the attackers shot and killed a 60-year-old man named as Kwaku Danso and another 25-year-old man named only as Osofo.
Another victim, also suffered gunshot wounds after the robbers fired into the windscreen of a Toyota Highlander with registration number GC 2085-18.
He was later identified as 40-year-old Samuel Osei, a personal driver of the Amansie South District Chief Executive, William Asante Bediako.
Samuel and other occupants were returning from a Covid-19 sensitization exercise ahead of a Tuesday market day at Manso/Datano when they were caught up with the robbers.
Police were called to the scene and discovered that the robbers had fled the scene. They also discovered the three bodies lying at separate locations at the scene.
They were all pronounced dead by the officers.
Their bodies had been deposited at the St. Martin’s Hospital morgue at Manso/Agroyesum pending further investigations.
Police later confirmed that a fourth person is in critical condition at the same hospital after being hit by multiple bullets.
The Nissan Patrol vehicle with registration number GC 2085-18 has since been towed from the scene. Police also discovered two spent and six live AK 47 rifle ammunition at the scene.
Gold dealer robbed
A gold dealer has also been detailing how the gunmen attacked his shop.
Elvis Aning told Myjoyonline.com that the robbers demanded he hands over gold and cash in his possessions.
“I was evaluating my daily sales when at about 7: 40, three armed stoutly built men entered my office uninvited.
“Two of them carried guns and another wielded a machete. They ordered me to lie on the floor; I obeyed. Then they ordered me to hand over gold and cash.
“My safe was not locked so one of them opened it and took everything away. All the while, one of them manned the gate outside.
“I lost, in all, about 26,000, made up of four pounds of raw gold valued at about ¢10,000 and cash of ¢16,000”.
Police said their visit to the crime scene is to analyse every bit of information, including inspection of the corpse.
”So far, we have managed the scene. We’ve interviewed possible witnesses or those who might be having information to give to the police.
“We have also come to the mortuary to come and see those who lost their lives,” he said.
It’s now that we are going to sit down to analyse the pieces of evidence that we collected so that we can see the way forward,” he added.
According to ACP Cosmos, police acted quickly to arrest the 11 suspects believed to be linked to the robbery.
“Yes obviously because we had informants, as soon as the incident occurred, we alerted our informants so some pieces of information begun trickling in.
We had to act fast to pick up some suspects to go and interrogate them”.
Even before Monday night’s attack, a similar incident had occured at Manso/Asuadei also in the Amansie South District at about 2pm on Friday, May 15.
According to a police report, sighted by Dailymailgh.com, six armed men attacked occupants of a Toyota Highlander with registration number AS 4090- 20.
A police officer who appeared at the scene while escorting a bullion van attempted to fire at the gun-wielding men but his AK 47 rifle misfired on three occasions.
The robbers fled the scene upon sensing danger.
The bullion van driver who sustained gunshot wounds was later treated and discharged by medics at the St. Martin’s Hospital at Manso/Agroyesum.
By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH