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Police in the Eastern region have arrested three persons who allegedly robbed a fetish priest and subsequently kidnapped his son and his driver.

They are among a gang of eight criminals who attacked the home of Emmanuel Sarpong, the fetish priest at Tei-Nkwanta, a suburb of Koforidua last Saturday and robbed him of his property, assaulted occupants in the house and abducted his son and his driver.

A statement from the regional police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh said the fetish priest, who is popularly known as Nana Hiamankyene, who had traveled on the day of the incident reported that the suspects broke into his room and made away with his 42 inches Nasco flat screen television set worth GH¢ 1,800.00, three sound speakers valued GH¢ 1,500.00 and one Sound power amplifier also valued GH¢ 800.00.

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Additionally, the statement said the suspects caused damage to his sliding glass door and window, and two wooden doors all valued GH¢ 3,550.00.

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The suspects robbed the fetish priest of his property, assaulted occupants in the house and abducted his son and his driver

According to the police, they also made away with his cash sum of GH¢ 14,000.00, assaulted and kidnapped his son, Eric Amponsah, 34 years, and his taxi driver by name Enock Addo, 26 years.

As if that was not enough, the suspects also took away his green and yellow coloured taxi cab with registration number ER 418 – 16.

The Police had information that the suspects used the Mangoase road but the police were unsuccessful in their attempt to arrest the suspects.

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The suspects, according to the complainant called him and demanded GH¢ 40,000.00 ransom before they would release the victims, explaining that the kidnappers succeeded in getting an amount of GH¢700.00 after they forced one of the victims, Enock Addo to call his brother to send money before he could be released. But, after the kidnappers received the money they failed to release the victim.

DSP Tetteh stated that a day after the incident, about 6.30 am, operatives of police Criminal Investigations Department and Counter Terrorism Unit acted upon intelligence and moved to a forest at Ayisikrom, a village near Nankese in a rescue operation.

He said the kidnappers renewed their demand for more ransom from the complainant. 

This time the amount was negotiated to GH¢ 37,000.

DSP Tetteh said during the rescue operation, it was realised that the suspects had abandoned the stolen Cab in forest which was retrieved to a safe place.

According to him, the police team, with the assistance of some village folks within Ayisikrom and the surrounding villages, encountered the suspects but were able arrest two of them while the remaining six managed to escape.

The two suspects are Kwadwo Asare, 22 years, and Fatawu Lukeman, 27 years.

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The police boss also confirmed the arrest of 33-year-old Felix Yaw Tettey, a third suspect from his hideout on Monday.

He said one of the suspects, Kwadwo Asare, who sustained injuries during his arrest by the village youth, is under strict police guard at the regional hospital in Koforidua where he is receiving treatment.

According to him, the suspects led the Police to an uncompleted building at the outskirt of Ayisikrom where all the items stolen from the house of the complainant were retrieved.

The suspects told the police after their arrest that they were recruited to undertake the operation by their leader who is at large.

Source: Adomonline.com | Adom News | Kofi Siaw

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