Kwesi Owusu (L) with Kwame Nyame. INSET: The seized weapons
THE OBUASI Police have seized assortment of offensive weapons and compressed dried leaves, suspected to be Indian hemp, from a 60-year-old man, Kwesi Owusu.
The seized weapons included 19 locally manufactured pistols, one pump action gun, 10 double and single barrelled guns and quantities of used and live cartridges.
Kwesi Owusu and one Kwame Nyame, 29, who is believed to be an accomplice of the 60-year-old man, are currently in the grip of the police, who are still investigating the case.
Addressing the media in Kumasi on Wednesday, ACP Kofi Dwumfour-Berchie, Obuasi Divisional Police Commander, expressed hope that investigations would lead to further arrests.
On March 2, this year, around 9:00am, he said, police patrol team on the Obuasi/Dunkwa road, received information from people onboard an advancing MMT bus about Kwame Nyame.
He said the police were informed that Nyame had exchanged an object suspected to be a weapon with another young man and collected a black polythene bag in return.
Armed with this information, the police rushed to the scene and Nyame, upon seeing the policemen, took to his heels. The police chased him until he was eventually arrested at Nhyiaeso near Obuasi.
Nyame, upon interrogation, led the police to the room of 60-year-old Kwesi Owusu where a search revealed compressed substances believed to be Indian hemp and the weapons were found and seized.
ACP Dwumfour-Berchie commended the public for their timely information which led to the arrest of the two men and the seizure of the weapons, adding that the police were still investigating the case.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, has applauded the police at Obuasi for their proactive nature which led to the arrest of the two men and seizure of the weapons.
He said, during the Regional Police Commander?s Parade on Wednesday, that the police would count on the public to feed them with key information that would lead to the arrest of criminals.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi