November 30, 2017
The Minister of Interior Ambrose Dery has reiterated the President Akufo-Addo led government’s commitment to make everybody living in Ghana feel safe.

According to him the security services in the country would work with the support of all stakeholders to make Ghana safe.

The Minister, on that score, has assured all and sundry that the commitment of government to make all persons in Ghana feel safe is unflinching.

He admitted that the fight against crime must be pursued with due regard for the fundamental human rights of suspects.

Accordingly, he noted that, any person who makes an allegation of a breach of human rights of any suspect is welcome to assist the investigation of same. Appropriate action shall be taken to redress any breach of the human right of a suspect.”

Mr Ambrose Dery was in Parliament yesterday following a request by the Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, who is also the Minority Chief Whip that the Minister briefed the House on the killing of two suspected armed robbers and the arrest of three others in the Kumasi Metropolis.

In his briefing, the Minister told Parliament that investigations into these matters were still on going, adding that the investigations and due process before the courts on the matter are on course.

It would be recalled that in the first week of November, 2017 there were some chaos in the Ashanti region, Asawase constituency precisely, leading to the death of some people.

Given his statement, Mr Ambrose Dery noted that, prior to the unfortunate incident on 7th November, this year, the Ashanti Regional Police Command had some time received reports about the activities of persons in taxis and on motorbikes who pick, assault, rob, rape and sometimes murder their passengers.

Following these report, the police intensified intelligence within the Kumasi Metropolis and beyond in an effort to track down the suspects.

The Anti-Armed Robbery Squad of the regional Police Command, based on the intelligence received arrested three suspects namely; Emmanuel OFOSU (aka Alhaji), Farouk AMADU (aka Burger) and SaliuYakubu (aka Baba Tunde aka TJ), MrDery said, adding that during the arrest, an Opel Astra Taxi Cab with registration number GQ1474 V was retrieved from the suspect Baba Tunde.

The three suspects admitted their involvement in the cases and also admitted to the murder of one Cecilia BoakyeFordjour, 58, at Ridge, Kumasi.

“On 10th November, 2017 all the three accused persons were arraigned before court and were remanded in Police custody to assist in further investigations. They are to appear on 22nd November, 2017.

“Record available to the police indicate that one of the deceased, Lukman Mohammed (aka Alpha) has been on the Regional Police wanted list since 16th June, 2016 for his involvement in a robbery case that occurred at a bakery at Gyedi-Kenya where they shot a worker, ABA Kyere 35 in the left arm and took away a pump action gun and an amount of Ghs13,500.00.

“Two of his accomplices, Farouk and Saliu (aka AK) are currently, in prison custody. Two other accomplices in the robbery incident are at large. Names of the suspects are also on a list of suspects allegedly involved in illegal acts of land guards in the Kumasi Metropolis.”