COP Arrested For Armed Robbery
The Eastern Regional Police Command has arrested a police officer, suspected of leading a notorious armed robbery gang that have terrorized residents of Somanya and Akuse for several years, according in information reaching THE PUBLISHER.
The officer, Corporal Gasty Yahaya Seidu (No. 43255 G), 37, of the Akuse Police Station, and two of his accomplices, Seth Kpornyo Dodzi (private security officer) and another suspect, were arrested at various hideouts on 26th April, 2008 following their suspected involvement in a robbery at a Shell Fuel Station at Okwenya along the Akuse – Somanya road on 26th March, 2018.
The gang reportedly robbed and inflicted machete wounds on a guard at the fuel station, Kudjo Akakpo aged 42, and fled the scene, thinking he was dead.
Confirming the story to the media, the Akuse District Police Commander, Supt. Winfred Asare-Nyarko , said the Regional Police Command in Koforidua had taken over investigations into the matter and assured that the culprits would be made to face the law if found guilty.
Superintendent Nyarko added: “I must say we have not rested on the incident ever since it occurred. After series of investigations it became known to us that one of my men, who works directly under me, was involved. Corporal Gasty Seidu Yahaya, together with two others in town, masterminded that robbery so we proceeded to arrest them and they are currently at the Regional headquarters in Koforidua. ”
“They tied and locked the guards in a room after butchering one of them with a machete. There was blood all over the place, so we quickly rushed them to the Akuse government hospital, where one of them was treated and discharged, but it took some weeks for the other, who was severely injured, to be discharged”.
A situation report (SITREP) from the police command on the arrest, sited the paper reads:
“On 26th April, 2018 between the times of 1200 hours and 1420 hours, Operatives of RCID /KOFORIDUA, led by DSP Seth Sewornu, 2i/c/Crime/ER, upon intelligence, arrested two suspects namely: No. 43255 G/Cpl. Gasty Yahaya Seidu 37 years and Seth Kpornyo Dodzi, 35 years old. G/Cpl Gasty Yahaya Seidu, a serving policeman stationed at Akuse Police station was arrested at Akosombo. Suspect Seth Kpornyo Dodzi, a Security man at Star Oil Filling station at Sra-Somanya was also arrested at Somanya.
The two suspects were arrested for their practical involvement in the robbery incident which occurred at Okwenya Shell Fuel Station on 26/03/18, as mentioned above. The two are also suspected to be involved in other robbery situations already under investigations.
A search conducted in the room of the policeman led to the retrieval of one Bruni Pistol mod 92 together with two magazines and three 1.8mm ammunition, an axe, a knife, 3 pepper spray, 10 wrist watches, a pair of handcuff and a bayonet.
Another search in the room of suspect Seth Kpornyo Dodzi at Trom, a suburb of Somanya, revealed 19 BB/AA live cartridges.”
Officers at the Somanya police station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed to the paper that Corporal Seidu was transferred from Somanya to Akuse about two years ago on suspicion of leaking sensitive security information to robbery suspects in the area.
They hinted that, apart from terrorizing residents with an unregistered 35-round automatic pistol in his possession, the ring leader always enjoyed the support of his former bosses, such that he could vacate his duty post for a whole month without any query from his superiors.
Apart from his routine policing job, Cpl. Seidu boasts of owning a construction company and a glass-cutting firm, both at Somanya.