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The Police have arrested a 30 year old man suspected to be behind the false terrorist attack on the Accra Mall, a statement from the police has announced. The suspect who was arrested in his hideout at Offinso in the Ashanti region on November 1, 2017 and is currently in police custody  is assisting in investigation, the statement stated further. It would be recalled that on September 24, 2017 there was a wise circulation on various social media platforms about terrorist attack on the Accra Mall. This created fear and panic and nearly destabilized business activities at the Mall. Thorough investigations conducted by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) led to the arrest of the suspect as the originator of the hoax,’’ the statement said.   The police cautioned the public to desist from the use of prank and also assured all the public that the police have the capacity to fish out persons who circulate false news on social media and other platform in relation to issues that can have national security implications, the statement signed by ACP David Eklu concluded. 
A self styled lawyer in Kumasi has been apprehended by the regional police command. The suspect,  Michael Asante who is also known as lawyer Asante, has been parading himself as a law lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the police told journalists today [Thursday].   According to the police, the fake lawyer also promised to, among other things enlist some of his victims into the security services, get them admissions into tertiary institutions and other unspecified jobs.   He however failed to fulfill his promise to those he took money from until he was arrested 24th October, 2017.   The police further revealed that the suspect on other occasions presented himself to his unsuspecting clients as a travel consultant and a Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General’s office in Kumasi. During the month of April through to October 2017, the suspect introduced himself to two contractors as a special assistant to the CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) with a promise that he could secure them contracts to build oil storage tanks for the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). He then asked the two contractors to pay him an amount of GHS695,000 to facilitate the process for them.
The Ashanti regional police command have conducted a swooping leading to the arrest of over 245 suspected criminals and commercial sex workers. The suspects are currently being screened at the Regional Police Command. The screening, according to the police was aimed at gathering enough evidence for the suspects to be arraigned before the courts. COP Ken Yeboah, addressing journalists on the swoop described the exercise as one of the biggest swoops in the region. He indicated that, five (5) of the suspects who were found with substances suspected to be Indian hemp, have been handed over to the Drug Law Enforcement Unit for further investigations. He added that, thirty-five (35) other female suspects also believed to be sex workers have been handed over to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for further investigations.
A forty-two (42) year old man whose name was given as Abdul Aziz Hussein, has reportedly stabbed his wife over a cat meat at Zanburi in the Northern region. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our reporter Prince Kwame Tamakloe said the victim Maame Aku aka Daavi, bought the meat on her way from a burial ceremony so she will use it for a meal at home. However, the husband who is a Muslim was angered by that because his religion does not allow him to eat cat meat. According to Prince, the two argued over the issue and questioned why the wife had to use his utensils to prepare the cat meat when she knew he does not eat cat meat. The victim is currently on admission at the hospital and in a critical condition.  
A 52 year-old hunter and farmer, Opanyin Agya Appiah has allegedly shot his wife dead at Manso Afraso in the Ashanti region. Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s reporter, Abdul Malik Anokye narrating the incident on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the suspect had consistently exchanged heated words with the wife at the least provocation. He blamed the deceased for his inability to catch or kill trapping animals. According to him, the hunter upon returning from his usual routine Thursday, picked a fight with the wife. The wife whose name was given as Ama Sewaa, 42 rushed into a neighbour’s room for cover but the hunter fired his gun through the neighbour’s door, and the wife was hit in the tummy leading to her death. He later attempted suicide after realizing that the wife was dead but was unsuccessful and is currently on admission at the hospital receiving treatment. Abdul Malik Anokye said Agya Appiah after his action went to a dumping site where he attempted the suicide but had his hand chopped off.    
The police have arrested  a man who is alleged to have defrauded several women under false pretences a  doctor. The suspect Faith Mensah Tekpor according to the police is a serial  "confident trickster" who poses as a medical doctor with several names such as Dr Jeff Addow, Dr Alvin Owusu, Dr Alvin Annan, Dr Fiifi Owusu, Dr Collins Amoah and Dr Alvin Mensah to defraud people. Director Public Affairs, DSP Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, in a statement said, his[Suspect’s]  victims are mostly women and he normally operates within Accra, Sakumono and Tema. "Faith Mensah Tekpor is presently facing trial for defrauding by impersonation and also under investigations for similar fraud offenses. "Until his recent arrest, the suspect had jumped Court bail and was listed as a wanted person following a bench warrant". "His modus includes posing as a medical practitioner, approaches and proposes to a woman and pursues her to keep as a "girlfriend", with the potential of a lasting relationship. He records his sexual encounters with the women, whether known to them or not", the statement said. The suspect after recording the sex acts will then borrow money from his unsuspecting victims and begin to blackmail them with the recorded videos when they demand their monies back, the statement further disclosed.   The Police are, therefore, encouraging any of his victims to report their cases to the nearest Police station or call the short code 18555 (MTN and Vodafone) or 024468
The Ashanti regional police command have arrested suspects Sulleyman Musah 19years, Abdulai Umar 18years and Lawson Hubert Joli 19 years for their involvement in the shooting of one Osman Abdulai Karim 17, during a street jam at Manhyia bonjour near Asawasi on the night of Tuesday 27th June 2017 during the Eid festivities. According to COP Ken Yeboah who is the regional Commander, all the three suspects went into hiding after the act until their arrest on Tuesday. Sulleyman Musah confessed to shooting the victim in the head with a locally manufactured pistol. He also confessed to have bought the pistol from one Fuseini now at large at a cost of Ghc 300.00, which he used to commit the crime. According to DCOP Ken Yeboah, Suleman Musah confessed to have personally fired the shot which killed Abdul Karim in the head with a locally made pistol. Musah claimed to have bought the pistol from one Fuseni now at large for Three Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC300). Musah narrated that a scuffle ensued between him and one Shatta a couple of months before the incident at Bonjour. Musah also revealed to the Police that he bought the pistol to attack Shatta in revenge after a tip off that he [shatta] would be at the street jam. “All the three suspects, Suleman Musah, Abdulai Karim and Lawson Hubert Joli are in police custody assisting in investigation whilst efforts are being made to arrest Fuseni,” DCOP Yeboah said.   By: Kwabena Amoateng
A farmer and resident at Tumu in the Upper West Region, Abass Osman, has allegedly poisoned his six year (6) old physically disabled son to death. The suspect aged 40 according to Abubakar Nuhu, our correspondent, carried out the act on the premise that, the child was a bad luck and tied his progress. According to Nuhu, the farmer is a divorcee and had been in custody of the deceased child, Mohammed Abass since he divorced the mother. He is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.    
Thirty-four (34) suspects in the murder trial of the late Major Maxwell Mahama were on Wednesday 21 June, discharged 34 by the Accra District Court. They were however re-arrested  o allow the police join them to a similar case in which 24 others have been charged following the murder. Prosecutors prayed the court discharge the 34 suspects to enable them consolidate the process. According to them, it will be proper to have one charge sheet for all the suspects since there are currently three charge sheets. The 58 suspects were brought to court in two police trucks with heavily armed police officers. Residents around the court premises stormed the premises to catch a glimpse of the suspects connected to the murder of the late Major who was lynched on May 29, 2017 at Denkyira-Obuasi.    
A Community Police Assistant with the Motor Traffic And Transport Department (MTTD), Sosu Bernard 25, and two others namely, Isaac a  driver’s mate 35, William Ahiavi a sprayer at Banana Inn 26, have been arrested for posing as security officers. The suspects according to the police wore police and military uniforms to engage in unlawful acts and terrorising of residents at Kasoa and its environs. The three were arrested on June 17, 2017 and items including pepper spray, ammunitions, weapons and handcuffs were retrieved. The three purportedly stormed Budumburam in the Central Region to apprehend victims they said were doing ‘illegal businesses.’ The Kasoa District Police Commander, Superintendent Stephen Ahiatafu, confirmed to Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyekum Banahene that several complainants about their operations had been received by the police and that they were being wanted. Their modus operandi is to spray peeper into the eyes of their victims and robbed them of various sums of money. They have been detained and will soon be arraigned before court.    
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