The Obuasi East Police Patrol Team on Sunday 24th March, 2024 around 7:30 pm arrested L/Cp Opoku Eric, 27 years who claims to be a soldier stationed at Airborne -Tamale with staff ID No.AB699021 currently on operations duty at Bawku and on fourteen (14) days leave.
He was arrested at a mining site at Nyamesom near Kwabenakwa for attempted robbery.

According to a police source, the suspect further stated that, he and three other soldiers, which he mentioned one as Musa Jafa of Tema Naval Base, went to the said mining site to look for ‘chop money’ that they gave “warning shot” to scare the workers and they took to their heels.

That he and his colleagues took hostage of the excavator operator at the site, but luck eluded him and was arrested by the miners and handed over to the police whilst his colleagues escaped. Meanwhile he has been detained for further investigations.

According to the police, frantic efforts are being made to apprehend the other culprits.


The Obuasi East Patrol Team, had a distress call to the effect that, four (4) soldiers, dressed in military uniforms, all wearing ‘Jalabia’ a long muslim dress, on top of their, uniforms, armed with a pump action gun, knives and other offensive weapons have entered their mining site at Nyamesom near Kwabenakwa, amidst gun shots. The team on receipt of the information, quickly rushed to the scene and met the caller, Kingsley Akoyie and other civilians numbering over twenty (20) who had arrested one of the soldiers. The Police took the soldier from the civilians, arrested and brought him to the Obuasi District Headquarters.

Credit: Nana Kwasi Asare