Operation Vanguard cop arrested, another on the run for robbing a gold dealer

The suspect

A police officer with Ghana’s anti-illegal mining taskforce, Operation Vanguard, has been arrested for robbing a gold dealer at Memerewa #1, near Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.

A search has also been launched for two accomplices, including a police lance corporal and a taxi driver.

Inspector Godwin Mensah was arrested at about 8:30hrs on Thursday, May 28, 2020, after the three-member gang went and arrested the victim at his home for trading in gold without license.

Armed with AK 47 assault rifles the officers subjected 38-year-old Thomas Lee into severe beatings while in handcuffs. 

The attackers then searched his living room and forcibly took a cash sum of ¢10,000 sealed in a brown envelope in a black polythene bag kept in a travelling bag.

According to the police, the suspects after the operation, took hostage of the victim, escorted him into a waiting Taxi cab and headed towards Obuasi.

They were, however, intercepted by the Obuasi Mile 9 Police Patrol Team following a distress call from the victim’s wife.

“The driver in charge of the Taxi cab and the said Lance Corporal managed to escape. Luck eluded the said police inspector as he was busted,” a police statement sighted by Dailymailgh.com read.

The suspect is with the Agona Swedru Police Command. His service rifle and 28 rounds of ammunition have since been seized while a cash sum of ¢5,800 was retained from him.

The taxi cab with registration number AC 9310-18 has also been impounded as police mount search for the accomplices.

The Obuasi Police Command which is investigating the case said the suspect has been detained but could not confirm the whereabouts of the victim at the time of filing this report.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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