Military officer, policeman, arrested for allegedly robbing bank customers

Three persons including military officer, policeman together with an unemployed man have been arrested for allegedly attacking and robbing some bank customers. According to report, the three suspects carryout their nefarious activities mainly around Spintex Road, Lapaz and other parts of Accra. 

The three suspected criminals who are currently in police custody are Corporal Bernard Tsagli, a soldier attached to the 37 Military Hospital; Corporal Isaac Amejor, a policeman attached to the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) Unit at the Police Headquarters, and Crosby Ofori, aka Fiifi, unemployed. Reports say many bank customers within the metropolis have been harassed at gunpoint and have lost various sums of money to the suspects.

Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra, the, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), of Accra Regional Police Command, George Alex Mensah, said the police had received numerous complaints from persons who had fallen victims to the operations of the soldier and his accomplices. 

DCOP Mensah said most of the victims, who were accosted after withdrawing various amounts of money from their bank accounts, claimed they were falsely arrested by men in military and police uniforms on allegations that they (the victims) had obtained their money through fraud.

The Police Commissioner said one of the victims had earlier reported to the police that four military men in uniform who were using a taxi had dragged her from a public commercial vehicle, and arrested her on allegations that she had cashed money she had obtained through cybercrime.

DCOP Mensah in his press address added that the suspected robbers allegedly collected GH¢4,000 from the victim at gunpoint and later abandoned her at a place. Another victim is also said to have reported to the La-Bawaleshie Police that about 3:30 p.m. on February 2, 2018, four men in police and military uniforms aboard a taxi cab robbed him of GH¢2,265 at gunpoint.

And most victims reported that they were robbed after withdrawing money from the Mile Seven branch of the Global Access Bank, while others said they were attacked at Lapaz, Spintex Road, Abattoir and some other parts of Accra.

Police intelligence, according to Mr Mensah, showed that the suspected robbers sometimes laid ambush near a bank to monitor their victims, trail and attack them on the road or in their homes.

He noted that the police arrested the three suspects, based on intelligence, at the Mile 7 Goil Filling Station while they were trying to take money from one of their victims. DCOP Mensah said the police had since commenced investigations into the matter and the three suspects will be soon put before court for a full trial.

Source: Yen Gh


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