Police in Ghana have arrested 30 robbery suspects, including five women and 25 Nigerians, Graphic Online, a Ghanaian newspaper has reported.
In March 2017, 29 Nigerians were among 30 arrested for cyber crime activities by Ghana Police.
The Pokuase District Police which carried out the arrest of the suspects said they were between the ages of 18 and 34.
Suspected narcotics, a suspected stolen car, as well as items believed to be used for their robbery operations were recovered from them, the police said
During the intelligence-led operations which took place at about 8:30 a.m. last Sunday, the police besieged suspected criminal hideouts within their jurisdiction and apprehended the suspicious persons.
Francis Yiribaare, the Amasaman Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent of Police was quoted as saying that the operation was part of the division’s ongoing measures to address concerns over the gradual re-emergence of violent crime in the area.
Yiribaare said the suspects were in the custody of the Pokuase police pending further investigation into their suspected involvement in armed robberies and land violence.
He urged victims of robberies living within Amasaman, Pokuase and their environs to contact the police to assist with the identification of their stolen items and the suspected robbers, as well as investigations.
Explaining how the arrest was carried out, the police chief disclosed that 19 Nigerians, all males, who took cover in the ceiling of a house and locked up the rooms, were arrested in one hideout.
He said when police visited a second hideout, six more male Nigerians who had also locked themselves up in their rooms were arrested.
In the third location, five persons, comprising three Ghanaian men, one Ghanaian woman and one Liberian woman, were arrested.
The newspaper reported that a search conducted in the hideouts led to the retrieval of an unspecified number of tramadol capsules and tablets, five packs of suspected Indian Hemp, some liquid concoction suspected to be Indian Hemp bitters and Shisha pipe with four and half packs of flavour.
Other items included 36 assorted laptops, 29 mobile phones, 13 modems and pendrives, a Sony digital camera, a Samsung 3D gadget, 13 ID cards, three wrist watches, one Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration No GX 691-17 and three Nigerian passports.
Some items the police suspect the robbers use in their robbery operations which were found during the swoop included packs of razor blades, five screw drivers and a hammer.