The Ashanti Regional Police Command has described as a major breakthrough, its arrest of some of its wanted suspected criminals including Mohammed Abubakar popularly known as Manam, 32 years old and believed to have played a key part in several violent crimes in the Ashanti region.
The Police Command is as well happy to have arrested another man affectionately called Babangida, suspected to be the main financier of some of the hardened criminals in the region, together with another man who is said to be the supplier of arms to some of the criminals.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, ACP Ampofo Duku made this known to the media in Kumasi at a press briefing on Thursday.
According to the Deputy Police Commander, it was Manam and his suspected accomplice, Abdul Fatauo Issah, 24 years old, who led the Police to apprehend the other suspects following their arrest early this month.
ACP Ampofo Duku explained that Manam and Issah, at about 10.30 pm on the 3rd of this month, hired a Daewoo Matrix taxi cab with registration number AS 6151-13, driven by one Agyenim Boateng, from the Airport Roundabout to Duase.
The Deputy Police Commander said on reaching a section of the road near Duase New Site, the two suspects ordered the driver to stop and pulled a locally made double-barreled gun at him.
They then took away a cash of 80 Ghana Cedis and made him to lie face down, after which they blocked the road with the taxi.
ACP Ampofo Duku noted that in their operations, the two suspects managed to rob passengers on another taxi cab and an urvan bus which arrived at the scene of unspecified amount of money and 11 mobile phones.
ACP Ampofo Duku noted that Manam afterwards, used other suspects to commit other armed robberies in the Kumasi metropolis.
Some of their victim drivers who reported their ordeal to the airport Police led later identified Manam caused his arrest who in turn led to the Police to arrest five of his suspected accomplices.
They are now in police custody.