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Kumasi Police bust Malian’s illegal gun syndicate; seize large weapons

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The Ashanti Regional Police Command has impounded a large number of weapons from an illegal gun-selling syndicate in Kumasi.

The Police successfully raided a storey building located in the Akwatia Line Electoral Area of the Asawasi Constituency in a close to one hour operation in the late hours of Friday, we understand. According to sources, the police raided the house after picking on an intelligence that such weapons and ammunitions were being offered for sale.

Though the Police is yet to give an official briefing on the swoop, multiple sources including eye witness accounts from close residents have confirmed that the busted cache belonged to a man alleged to be a Malian. His name is yet to be revealed.

Suleman Maiga and friend

Suleman Maiga and friend

“At about 9pm on Friday night, we saw the Police raid this house. This very unusual happening attracted some crowd which forced the police to fire warning shots during their operation. Initially, I didn’t understand the whole thing but I saw the police led by a masked man in handcuffs into the house. They retrieved as many trunks from the house and it was only after their departure that we were informed that they were guns stashed here,” an eye-witness who pleaded anonymity said.

The Police retrieved machine guns, AK47 rifles as well as other highly sophisticated guns and ammunitions in what could probably be the highest haul of ammunitions to be seized from an illegal weapons trader yet in the region. About five individuals have so far been arrested in connection with this black market trade – two young men, with one identified as Suleman Maiga, [who claims to be] a staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana, sources have revealed, were arrested while playing football earlier in the day.

The second (name yet to be revealed) is a friend to Maiga who sources also claim ended up as a point of contact to a police informant. He is alleged to have marketed the sale of the weapons to third parties unknown to him as police sources.

The Police, after busting the arms haul, later arrested the leader of the syndicate who also lived at the Atta Komenda area of the Asawasi constituency. He is alleged to have imported the arms from his native country.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, is expected to give an official briefing on the incident on Monday.

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