Two national security operatives have been arrested by the police in the Western Region for their involvement in an alleged robbery incident at a mining site.
They were part of a nine-member gang intercepted by the police at a checkpoint on the Asankragwa-Wasa-Dunkwa road while onboard an unregistered black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on Friday, April 24, 2020.
The duo have been named as 35-year-old Anas Adams, who is stationed at the Jubilee House – the seat of government – and George Osei, an operative at the popular Asomdwee Park in Accra.
The rest of the suspects are; 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, who was allegedly dismissed from the Ghana Army and Kofi Asante, the alleged leader of the gang, who managed to escape.
A search revealed a vehicle number plate with registration number AS 6646-20, gold concentrate in five gallons, 15 mobile phones, various foreign currencies, and bags containing military uniforms.
Investigators said that the gang, raided the yet-to-be identified mining site near a place called Attala, about two hours drive from Asankragwa at about 4am on that fateful day.
Disguised as security personnel, suspect Samuel Obeng allegedly wore one of the uniforms bearing the rank of Sergeant while Agyeman Jackson wore one other with the rank of a Private in order to commit the crime, the police revealed.
They subjected some of the workers to beatings handcuffed and tied them with ropes and abandoned them to their fate and robbed them of their gold concentrate.
“The supposed soldiers 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 the police that the suspects came there to rob them of the gold concentrate. The suspects are in custody whilst the vehicle and all other items [have been] retained”, parts of a police report sighted by Dailymailgh.com read.
Meanwhile, the police have since communicated the development to the National Security Secretariat at the Jubilee House about the arrest and detention of Anas Adams and George Osei.
The complainants have also been “asked to report to the police to assist investigations”.