Seized weapons in Kumasi were to be sold in Ghana – Police

Initial investigation by the Police in Kumasi has revealed the large sophisticated weapons seized last Saturday in a special raid were to be sold on the Ghanaian market.

The weapons, including military grade artillery, were stashed in the bedroom of a one Moro Sata, a 72-year-old Burkinabe resident in Ghana in a house at Akwatia Line, a suburb of Kumasi.

Moro Sata, the gunrunner

The weapons are made up of 11 AK47, 10 G3, 45 automatic sidearm, nine-millimetre AK47 tracer ammunition, 45 automatic G3 ammunition, eight firing pin, and one clocking handing.The rest are one AAA ammunition, five 12.7-millimetre ammunition and one machine gun.

Some of the weapons

The seizure is considered to be the largest ever gun haul of its kind the country in recent time.

Moro, who is the main suspect and the gunrunner, is being processed to be put before court.

Meanwhile, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye says four armed robbers who bought ammunition from Moro have been arrested and that investigations on them are on-going.

The Regional Police Commander said personnel from the Manhyia Police following intelligence, which the Police pursued for over two months, carried out the operation.

“That the man behind the supplies is from Ivory Coast –Abdul Kadri Aria, an Ivorian. That Abdul Kadri Aria mandates him [Moro] to sell to the Ghanaian public and also uses Ghana as transit point to other war formed West African countries,” DCOP Kofi Boakye revealed.

He said their initial investigations have revealed that Moro received his supplies West African countries including Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger.

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“We are assuring the general public that we will do all that it takles to preserve the peace that we are enjoying today. We need the public to cooperate with us and give us information that will lead to criminals and their arsenals,” he assured.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|