Agbogbloshie Accra's notorious robber arrested

Yakubu Alidu alias Bullet, is described by the police as notorious robber and is believed to be the leader of a 15-man gang.

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Man, 26, linked to series of robberies at Agbogbloshie in Accra has been arrested by the police.

Yakubu Alidu alias Bullet, is described by the police as notorious robber and is believed to be the leader of a 15-man gang.

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Alidu was arrested together with one of his 15-member gang, Mohammed Iddrissu, 20, during a dawn swoop on Thursday, according to the Police.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, said Alidu and his gang are noted for various violent crimes at Agbogbloshie and unleashing terror on market women.

The swoop, DCOP Pinkro explained, was to rid Agbogbloshie of criminals who use the area as their hideout.

The swoop on Alidu and his gang follow series of complaint from their victims, DCOP Pinkro said at a media briefing.

Giving timelines of reported incidents against the suspect, DCOP Pinkro said on February 2, 2017, they received a complaint one of Alidu’s victims who had multiple machete wounds on his body.

The victim, Samiruwu Abdulai,  a resident of Old Fadama told the police a makeshift structure at Konkomba near Agbogbloshie market when a group of men stormed the place to demand money from him.

When victim refused to give them the money, they attacked him with machetes and other offensive weapons, injuring him.

DCOP Pinkro said on February 2, 2017, two traders at the Konkomba market, Philip Kofi Anderson, and Sylvester Baffour, were attacked by Alidu and his gang, who were on motorcycles near the paint dealers, Sikkens Ghana Company, near Agbogbloshie.

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On March 3, 2017, he led an attacked on a drinking spot known as Konkonsah Drinking Bar and robbed its patrons, according to DCOP Pinkro.

He said the suspects who were wielding guns, cutlasses, and other offensive weapons damaged a gambling machine at the drinking spot, stole an unspecified amount of money and forcefully took the mobile phones of the patrons.

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