Two out of three persons remanded into police custody by the Ho District Magistrate Court 1 for the unlawful possession of firearms have been identified as persons who broke into an electrical shop at Mamfe-Akuapem in the Eastern region on the night of Sunday, July 4, 2021.
The accused persons Nervis Otu Laryea, 33, Ebenezer Osei, 38 and Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, 37 were arrested on July 6, along the Kpando-Have road onboard a Toyota Corolla with registration number AC 1621-18.
After a thorough search by the police, three foreign pistols with 40 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two Toshiba laptops and 27 assorted mobile phones were found in the car.
All 27 mobile phones had price tags, while other items including two hoody pullovers were retrieved from the suspects.
During police interrogation, suspect Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak told the police that he obtained the mobile phones from a man he does not know at Alavanyo Wudidi in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region. He, however failed to provide any receipts for the transaction.
Meanwhile, suspects Nervis Otu Laryea and Ebenezer Osei claimed have offered a lift to suspect Muntaka on their way from Alavanyo, where Ebenezer Osei claimed to have gone to visit a shrine for spiritual assistance in his business.
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Further investigations by the police revealed that the Toyota Corolla with registration number AC 1621-18 was also acquired by suspect Nervis Otu Laryea at Afienya from someone from Togo but without documents.
But after media publication of the arrest, a team of police officers and a shop owner (name withheld) from Mamfe Akuapem in the Eastern region followed up to Ho and identified the stolen items in an operation that took place two days earlier before the arrest of the three in the Volta region.
The Public Relations Officer of the Volta regional police command, Sgt. Prince Dogbatse told the media that the two of the suspects admitted taking part in the operation.