Armed Robbers Grabbed

A swift response by the police to a distress call from the Goil Filling Station at Tantra Hill in Accra yesterday led to the arrest of six armed robbers who had attacked the filing station about 8 a.m. Three of the six robbers were arrested in the melee that ensued after the robbery. They were Emmanuel Dawutey, a mason who was arrested in a bush with a pump action gun and a pistol, Isaac Cobbinah, 24, a bicycle repairer, and Selorm Hafe, 24, a labourer. Three others, including a security man at the filling station, were later arrested in their homes at Tantra Hill. They are John Salifu, the security man, Frank Sabree, 24, who is alleged to have mobilized the robbers after Salifu had discussed the robbery of the station with him, and John Atta Ganaah, 32. Two others, identified only as Rocky and Roger, however, escaped and are believed to have bolted with the money. The station manager of the filling station and the head of security, Mr. Patrick Abakah and WOI Jacob Donkor (rted), respectively, who were hit with metals by the robbers, were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment. The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Rose Bio Atinga, supported by the Director of Operations at the Police Headquarters, ACP Richmond Boi-B0-Boi and the Deputy Regional Commander, ACP Christian Yohunu, told newsmen in Accra yesterday that following the receipt of the distress call, the police informed all police day patrol teams a bout it. She said the Tesano District Commander, ASP Theodore Hormenu and his Mile Seven counterpart, ASP Simon Agbedeku, responded swiftly to the crime scene. According to her, about six different patrol teams also joined in the case of the armed robbers. DCOP Atinga said arresting team pursued the robbers towards Dome where the robbers vehicle ran into a ditch. That she said led to the arrest of Selorm and Isaac, while the others escaped. She said with the help of residents of Dome Pillar 2, Dawutey was arrested in the bush after firing warnings shots to keep the police away from arresting him. She said police later picked up intelligence that John, the security man at the filling station, who had gone for night duties, relayed the information to the robbers to attack because the station manager of the head of security were counting the sales for the night.