Ashanti Region Police intercept vehicle carrying AK47, ammunition

A white fertilizer sack containing an AK47 assault rifle and 56 rounds of live ammunition were retrieved from the vehicle.

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Police in the Ashanti Region have intercepted a private Toyota Corolla Saloon car with registration number AS 1108-17, on the Kumasi-Obuasi highway, loaded with a gun and ammunition.

A white fertilizer sack containing an AK47 assault rifle and 56 rounds of live ammunition were retrieved from the vehicle.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng said: "Two persons, the driver and one other occupant on board, Ibrahim Owusu Sekyere, 37, and Abubakari Mahama, 40 years respectively, were immediately arrested to assist in investigations."

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She said that during the interrogation, one of the suspects, Abubakari Mahama said the weapon and ammunitions were his.

He, however, told the police that he collected the weapon from one Amadu Yakubu from Nyamoransa, near Cape Coast in the Central Region to be sold in Kumasi for a fee.

"On Sunday, 29th October, 2017 at about 1:30 pm, suspect Amadu Yakubu who had travelled to Kumasi to collect the proceeds from the sale of the weapon and ammunitions was subsequently arrested by the police to assist in investigations.

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“Suspect Amadu Yakubu also admitted to police in his caution statement of having sold the said weapon and ammunitions to Abubakari Mahama. That he got the weapon and ammunitions during the Ivory Coast civil unrest and brought some to Ghana from Abidjan for sale," the police PRO said.

Both suspects, Abubakari Mahama and Amadu Yakuba are currently in police custody assisting in investigations.

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