One hundred and fifty suspected robbers, including drug peddlers and vehicle snatchers, have been arrested in swoops at different locations in Accra.
The 10-hour exercise was conducted around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, the railway crossing and some parts of Agbogbloshie.
Illegal structures believed to be the hideout of the suspects at those areas were demolished by policemen and officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in the exercise.
A pistol, a Toyota Camry and a Benz Wagon with Nigerian registration number plates KTU 336 FA and UBB J 772 MQ, respectively, were impounded by the police.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Accra Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Patrick Adusei Sarpong, said the exercise was aimed at ridding the metropolis of hardened criminals.
He said the demolition of the illegal structures which served as dens for the criminals would help curb their activities in the metropolis.
He said according to police intelligence, many criminal activities that took place in the metropolis were undertaken by suspects who used those places as their hideout.
During the operation at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, some of the suspects, on seeing the police, jumped into the Odaw River.
Others who were smoking substances suspected to be cannabis and those in possession of a whitish substance believed to be cocaine were apprehended in the process.
According to Mr Sarpong, the police were currently conducting further investigations and profiling the suspects to ensure that those found culpable were put before court.
The commander further observed that some undeveloped plots of land in the city were attracting squatters who were turning those areas into slums and dens for criminals.
Three persons have been arrested by the Western regional police command for allegedly attempting to smuggle sacks of dried leaves suspected to be narcotics.
The suspects, Kwaku Quansah, Francis Ackah and Ali Amadu, were arrested following a routine check on a DAF cargo truck on which they were travelling.
Meanwhile, two other suspects, Yaw Kojo and the driver of the truck with registration number AS 5138-11, whose name was given as Taller are, however, on the run.
The police speaking to the media said, personnel on duty on Tuesday at about 10:00am, stopped the truck to conduct a search
at Apremdo barrier stopped the truck to conduct routine checks.
The police discovered bales of sacks containing dried leaves suspected to be narcotics.
According to the police, occupants of the vehicle including the driver took to their heels; but the police with the help of some civilians managed to arrest three of the suspects who were on board the truck.
The police added that further search on the vehicle revealed 92 bales of leaves suspected to be narcotic.
The suspects and the vehicle have been handed over to the Western Regional Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) for investigations.
Residents at Suame Post Office in the Ashanti region have decried the increasing rate of criminal activities in the area.
The residents some of whom have been attacked by armed men told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, the situation has brought fear in the affected areas.
They told our news team that the armed men hide and pounce on their victims on their way from work and school.
According to them, some have been shot and others stabbed by their attackers.
They have therefore called on the police to intervene in order to protect lives and property.
A resident said, ‘’it is dangerous walking at night even at 8pm. If you are a worker and close at 8, then it means you will not be able to come home because the possibility of being attacked is high.’’
The suspect who stoned who his wife Madam Gloria Akorley to death at Amuzukope, a suburb of Kasoa in the Central Region, has been remanded for two weeks in police custody by the Awutu Ofaakor Circuit Court, presided over by his lordship Ebenezer Osei Darko.
The suspect, Nicholas Akorley who appeared in court today told the court he killed the wife.
He further disclosed to the court that after discovering the wife had lost interest in him, he plotted to kill her because she had planned to divorce him.
Nicholas Akorley told the Judge that he approached the wife in the wee hours of Thursday October 4, 208, when she was on her way to town and hit her in the head with a hammer.
The suspect from an account of his daughter, Bernice Akorley revealed her father always threatened to kill the mother and use her for ritual purposes.
Bernice Akorley said her parents’ marriage had grown sour as the two have for a while not the best of friends. According to her, she only recollects that her mother had a phone call early Thursday morning and went out. The man has been arrested and assisting the police in their investigation.
A man has allegedly stoned his wife to death at Amuzukope, a suburb of Kasoa in the Central region.
The husband threatened the woman, 32, Gloria Akorley, according to the daughter, several times.
Bernice Akorley revealed her father always threatened to kill the mother and use her for ritual purposes.
Bernice Akorley said her parents’ marriage had grown sour as the two have for a while not the best of friends.
According to her, she only recollects that her mother had a phone call early Thursday morning and went out.
The man has been arrested and assisting the police in their investigation.
The Kokrobite police have arrested three suspected armed robbers on Wednesday.
The suspects, Daniel Lartey,19, Samuel Amartey, 18 and Isaac Commey, 18, were arrested at their hideout upon a tip-off, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) John Yeboah has disclosed to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm’s Banahene Agyekum.
The suspects are known to have attacked their victims, snatched their valuables from them in the area.
The DSP revealed to our reporter that, a British national was recently attacked, raped and had her money amounting to GHc300 and mobile phone stolen by these suspects.
Leader of the team that staged the arrest, Chief Inspector Adu Ofori said, the three are also car snatches and their modus operandi ids to target their victims at night and attack them.
DSP John Yeboah underscored the need for the public to feed the police with the needed information to help them arrest and deal with criminals in the area.
A 20-year-old small scale miner, Augustine Armah, has shot his 50-year-old mother, Auntie Aso dead in the Western region.
The suspect is said to have shot the mother dead with a pistol because she reportedly cursed and told him he would never find a wife should he fail to change from his womanising ways.
Rainbow Radio's Sir Fresh reporting on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, Auntie Aso, the mother, was worried about her son's womanising attitude and so advised him to put a stop to it.
The discussion between the two according to Sir Fresh, on Tuesday degenerated into a misunderstanding leading to a situation where the mother angrily said her son would never marry should he fail to stop womanising.
This infuriated the suspect who went into his room, brought out the pistol and shot the mother dead.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Tarkwa government hospital morgue.
The suspect has also been arrested and in custody.