Two robbers arrested at East Legon for robbing Israeli businessman

Two young men were last Friday afternoon arrested by the East Legon Police after they robbed an Isreali businessman.

The suspects, Sanusi Zido, 18, and Abudu Mohammed, 27, were said to have used a knife to force the man to open his car which had a bag containing some personal documents, a mobile phone and an amount of GH¢4,030.

After taking the bag from the car, the suspects allegedly attempted to flee on a motorbike, but they were knocked down by a taxi driver.

The robbers took to their heels after falling from the motorbike and the taxi driver raised an alarm drawing the attention of people nearby.

Zido and Mohammed were given a hot chase and apprehended. The robbers were said to have received beatings before being rescued by two policemen, who arrived on the scene.

The incident was said to have occurred about 1 p.m. near the American House at East Legon in Accra.

The Public Relations Officer at the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mrs Afia Tenge, who briefed the Daily Graphic, said the suspects had been handed over to the Regional Police Command for further investigations.

Phone call

Narrating the event leading to their arrest, she said Zibo and Mohammed followed the victim, who was driving from the direction of the East Legon Police Station towards the American House area.

The victim was said to have parked to receive a phone call with all his car window glasses rolled up.

Mohammed was said to have approached him and knocked on his car window to inform him of a flat tyre.

Mrs Tenge said as soon as the victim got down from his car, Mohammed pulled a knife and threatened to kill him if he refused to open the back seat door of his car where a bag was lying.

She said there were people in the area, who were going about their duties and nobody realised there was a robbery going on until the suspects picked the bag and took to their heels.

Mrs Tenge said the two alleged robbers jumped onto their motorbike, which was parked a few metres away, and sped off.

However, a taxi driver, who chanced on the scene, saw them running away and pursued them.

Mrs Tenge said the taxi driver managed to knock them down and drew the attention of people in the area.

Mohammed and Zibo were then apprehended, beaten and handed over to the police.

Mrs Tenge commended the taxi driver and the young men who helped in arresting the two suspects. 

Abeka Lapaz robbery

Last Thursday, July 13, 2017, around 1:00 p.m, a policeman, Constable Daniel Owusu, was shot dead by robbers in broad daylight at Abeka Lapaz while another policeman, Constable Alhassan Jibril, sustained serious injuries as a result.

The two officers, were said to have spotted the robbers in an area near Las Palmas, a popular food joint at Lapaz.

The robbers, who were fully armed, shot at the two policemen, killing Constable Owusu instantly. Constable Jibril sustained injuries and is on admission at the Police Hospital.

Police report

A statement issued by the police, after the incident, said the two policemen were both from the Community Policing Unit at the Police Headquarters and were on their usual routine patrols on a motorbike when they chanced on the robbery.

The report said Constable Owusu was rushed to the Police Hospital but died while receiving treatment.

The robbers sensing danger of a mob attack, snatched an unregistered Hyundai Sonata car from its driver and fled the scene and headed in the Mallam-Kasoa direction, with the police in pursuit.

Police administration

The Police Administration has placed a GH¢10,000 bounty on the head of the two armed robbers who shot and killed Constable Owusu and injured Constable Jibril.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, appealed to members of the public to assist the police with information to enable them to apprehend the criminals and bring them to justice.

Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Police Command has rounded up 15 suspected armed robbers from different locations in Accra who are believed to be responsible for series of robberies within the metropolis as well as behind the shooting of the two policemen at Abeka Lapaz.

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