Police intelligence operations have led to the arrest of three suspects said to have been involved in a mobile money robbery at Kasoa on Tuesday, December 20.
Police investigations so far indicate that the suspects, armed with a pump-action gun concealed in a baby diaper sack, attacked and shot a mobile money merchant, at his business centre.
According to the police, the suspects were so heartless that as the victim attempted to flee for his life they pursued him, shot him from behind and robbed him of an unspecified amount of money.
“Painstaking investigation and intelligence operations led to the retrieval of a pump-action and the arrest of suspects, Michael Otu, alias Rider, Godfred Okine and Asaa Faisal alias Commander, who has been described by the other suspects as the mastermind behind the robbery and provides the gang with weapons,” police said in a statement on Friday, December 30.
Suspect Godfred Okine is said to have complained of ill-health but died upon arrival at the hospital, where he was rushed to for medical attention.
“His body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.”
An initial investigation into his demise by the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) established that the deceased suspect was handled professionally by the officers from the time he was arrested until his passing.
The PPSB has also made contact with the family of the deceased suspect as part of its investigation.
The two other suspects, Michael Otu and Asaa Faisal, were put before the Ofaakor District Court on Thursday, December 29 and were remanded into Police custody to reappear in court on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
The injured victim is receiving medical treatment and is in stable condition, the police said.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway, to arrest the other suspect who is on the run.