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Arrested Armed Robber Identified As Local Church Elder

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Gideon Boateng (right) and Kwadwo Mwga (2 left) with the other suspects

Moments after the publication of the story about the arrest of Samuel Kwame Akwetey, a notorious ring leader of a robbery syndicate in the Eastern Region, Koforidua was thrown into a state of shock, as a gang member was identified as an elder of the Pentecost Church.

Many people who know Samuel Kwame Akwetey aka Kwame Agbeko and some of members of the gang expressed surprise at the news.

A vendor said a member of the church, who identified Charles Awuku, 47, as a Pentecost elder, rushed to the news-stand to grab a copy of the paper when he heard the news, even though the church is yet to confirm this.

A source told DAILY GUIDE that Charles Awuku aka Kwadwo Mega was his boss and hailed from the Kwahu area.

He said they sold local metallic pots known as ?Dadese?, noting that Charles, who is popular in the New Juaben Municipality, was also the CEO of Mega Sounds and owned about four durable spinners which he leased to people.

?Huh, I am really surprised,? he said.

The police said that Charles Awuku sold the booty from the robberies to his numerous customers.

DAILY GUIDE also gathered that another member of the gang, Gideon Boateng, 38, driver, who used his private car to transport the suspects and their booty, got married about four months ago to a UK-based lady and was expected to join her.

Gideon was expected to leave the country with the love of his life few weeks ago but the death of his father, whose remains would be interred next week, disrupted the plans, a source said.

It would be recalled that Samuel Kwame Akwetey, 35, and other suspects, were arrested in separate operations in Koforidua and other parts of the Eastern Region.

The Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah indicated that Samuel and the other suspects were responsible for over 20 armed robbery attacks, including the recent robberies at several hotels.

They perpetuated violent crimes such as rape in the New Juaben Municipality.

In one of their operations, they beat a lady, who refused to surrender, to pulp before raping her together with her sister on the eve of Christmas.

They ran out of luck, however, when the ring leader was accosted by an individual who had seen his photograph in a publication as a wanted robbery suspect in the region.

Also arrested were Godwin Ametorwonyo, 38, Isaac Agormor, 22, Gideon Boateng, 38, Mohammed Zibbo, 32, trader and Charles Awuku, 47.

According to ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah, the young man (name withheld), who single-handedly arrested the ring leader, had seen the suspect on Thursday, January 23, 2014 around the SSNIT Old Estate area in the evening.

He confronted Kwame Agbeko on suspicion that Agbeko might have been lurking the area to pounce on unsuspecting victims at night.

In an ensuing struggle, the young man overpowered the suspect and with the help of a taxi driver he was handed over to the police.

During interrogation, he mentioned the names of his accomplices whom the police succeeded in arresting in separate operations, whilst some were still on the run.

The police boss used the opportunity to appeal to the public to volunteer information to the police to arrest the other suspects.

From: Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua 

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