In a country where mob attacks and instant justice seems to be on the rise lately, it is surely a relief for any robber to be grabbed by the police instead of crazily angry mobs.
The timely intervention of the Anyaa Police saved the life of a 20-year-old man from being lynched by residents of Anyaa Last Stop in Accra for allegedly snatching robbing a businessman at gunpoint on the, 9 February 2015.
The man was identify as Ishmael Ali, a second-hand phones dealer at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and resident of Tabora, is said to have attacked a businessman, who lives in the area, while he was returning home from work at about 3:30 a.m on Monday
In an interview with Daily Graphic, the Odorkor District Commander, Chief Superintendent of Police Mr Abraham Acquaye, said the youth gave Ali a hot chase after he had scaled over the walls of two houses in an attempt to escape the wrath of the people.
According to Mr Acquaye the youth pounds on Ali when they were told by the victim that the suspect and his accomplice (name withheld for technical reasons), had snatched his phone, collected his wallet which contained GH¢15 and his wedding ring, after Ali had threatened him with a gun and a knife.
Ali was found wearing the victim’s wedding ring on one of his fingers while he was being beaten by the residents, he added.
According to him, after rescuing Ali, the police took the suspect, who was injured, to the Police Hospital in Accra.
He said in recent times, residents of the Anyaa area had been reporting of the snatching of their phones at gunpoint. Daily Graphic Reported.
He said the police had, as a result, intensified patrols in the area to apprehend the culprits.
“I want to urge the residents to assist us with information. The two men could be the persons behind the crime and so we hope this arrest will bring the situation under control,”
Mr Acquaye said the police had mounted a search for Ali’s accomplice, even though Ali wouldn't give his name.