7 Arrested With AK 47 Rifles In Salaga

The suspects with the 2 AK47 assault rifles

The suspects with the 2 AK47 assault rifles

Mahama Saani Mustawu, 29 and Issah Suale, 33, have been arrested by the Tamale police for possessing two AK 47 assault rifles at Jatong, a village near Salaga in the East Gonja district.

The Northern Regional police spokesman, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, who narrated the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said the two prime suspects were using a motorbike with a sack and passing through some unapproved routes (bush) in the area. This, he said, drew suspicion from the residents.

Some of them (residents) accosted them (suspects) and questioned them but they resisted and so they were arrested and sent to the chief’s palace and when they searched the sack, they found two AK 47 assault rifles but without magazines.

During interrogations at the palace, a man whose name was given as Iddrisu Ibrahim Wunpini, 60, a resident of Lamashegu in Tamale, came there and told the chief and the assembly man that the suspects were his boys and pleaded for their release, but was subsequently arrested. At that moment there was tension at the palace so they quickly called the police.

ASP Tetteh stated that when the police got to the village, five other persons came from Tamale to plead for the release of the boys but they could not convince the police and so they were also grabbed.

The five other suspects are Alhassan Abdul Dayan, 28; Umur Ibrahim Alhassan, 33; Andani,  25; Mohammed Taufik, 27 and Mohammed Alhassan, 33.

When the police conducted a search in the suspects’ room, they found 18 spent ammunition empty shells.

Currently, they are investigating the case of possessing fire arms; but there might be more to it since it is being suspected that they might be having some links to Islamic militants (ISIS) or other terrorism group.

The seven suspects have since been transferred to Accra to be charged.

ASP Tetteh said the suspects were transferred to the police headquarters in Accra for further interrogations.

They are expected to be arraigned in court today, Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

Meanwhile, the police are hunting for one other suspect who is on the run.

FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale

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