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Lapaz Shooting 15 suspects rounded up

Two police officers were shot on Thursday 1:20 pm by unidentified men who were on an unregistered motorbike and believed to be on a robbery mission.

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15 suspects arrested over Lapaz shooting incident

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Police have arrested 15 people suspected to have been involved in the shooting incident at Lapaz that claimed the life of a policeman and caused injury to another.

The suspects include a 27-year-old female, Charity Otuboa, a trader; six Nigerians and eight Ghanaians.

The others are Ken Ikponnwosa, 23; Faith Ogieriakhi, 35; Fem Erhuumwunse, 20; Michael Ogbegia, 20; Sampson Aja, 27; Emmanuel Aimiu, 31, and Kwasi Nyarko, 33.

The police also mentioned Raphael Nii Lartey Coffie, 37; Asare Frederick, 35; Mark Enchil, 31; Kwadwo Afari, 32, and Kwabena Gyasi, 20, as suspects.

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The rests are Abudu Mohammed and Salusi Zibu, whose ages are yet to be established.

The suspects were picked up from different locations in Accra by a combined team of detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters and the Accra Regional Command, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, the Regional Police Commander told the Daily Graphic.

“The suspects were arrested at different locations in Accra, including Ablekuma, Olebu and Kasoa, after the police had picked up intelligence and tip-offs.

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“The unregistered Hyundai Elantra car that was snatched by the robbers at the scene of the incident was abandoned at Olebu and is currently with the police. Other exhibits that were retrieved from the suspects include empty shells and an unregistered Royal motorbike,” he said.

He added that the police were still interrogating the suspects and looking out for possible leads that would ensure that all those involved in the incident were arrested.

How the incident occurred

Osabarima Pinkro said the two policemen were on patrol duty when the unfortunate incident happened.

“We visited the policeman who survived the attack at the Police Hospital today. He is responding to treatment. What he told us was that the two of them were on patrol duty that day. When they got to the Abeka area, a woman was crossing the street dangerously and so he (Constable Jibril) stopped to allow the woman to cross.

“The robbers stopped by his side and so he least suspected any danger, only for one of them to pull a side arm and start shooting at him. The first two shots missed the target but the third one hit him on the hand, making him lose control and fall. The gunman ran out of bullets after giving many warning shots to disperse a crowd that was advancing on them.

“When they were trying to reload the gun, Jibril mustered courage and got back to his feet and managed to flee from danger. As to what happened to the deceased policeman, the survivor could not explain,” he said.

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