Four persons are in the grips of the police for allegedly robbing two Chinese nationals at Efuanta, a suburb of Tarkwa in the Western Region.
The suspects are Nana Owusu, 22, and Alex Kojo Fairka, 27 – both illegal miners; Kwabena Ali, 25, a farmer; and Gideon Atieka, 27 – a driver.
The Tarkwa District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Thomas Ababio, who confirmed the story said on August 2, 2018 around 12:30 am, the police patrol team in Tarkwa received a distress call that armed robbers have attacked some Chinese lodging at a small-scale mining site at Efuanta.
According to him, when the police arrived, two Chinese citizens and a Ghanaian security guard informed them that armed robbers had invaded their site, subjected them to severe torture and made away with their gold dust, three mobile phones, a flat screen television set and a decoder.
Superintendent Ababio said the patrol team informed their counterparts at Tamso junction to assist in apprehending the suspects.
He said about 30 minutes later the suspected robbers arrived in a taxi cab driven by Stephen Nyame with registration number GX 5197-14 and was intercepted by the police at Tamso junction with Atieka, Ali and Owusu on board.
A search conducted on them unveiled the gold dust which was yet to be refined, after which the police patrol team was invited to convey them to the Tarkwa police station for questioning.
The three suspects also confirmed to the police that the taxi driver was not an accomplice and was only contracted to transport them to Ahwetieso, a suburb of Tarkwa.
Superintendent Ababio said that Fairka’s name was mentioned by the suspects and he was subsequently arrested by the Tarkwa District Police Command.
On the same day at 3:10 am, the complainants, He Jang and Cheng Wen-Hua, with bruises all over their bodies, reported the matter to the police and identified the suspects as those who robbed them.
According to the police, they have intensified their search for the leader of the gang and another suspect, who are currently at large.
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