Johnson Asante Twum, Deputy Director, Head of Programs at the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, has disclosed that 75% of the weapons used in recent crimes have all been imported.
He said this while participating in a conversation about the rising number of robbery instances in various parts of the country, particularly in the capital city.
“The Police records show that 80 percent of all of the weapons used in the commission of crimes were locally made.
“[But] today, the story is different,” he said.
“We have over 75 percent between 2017 and 2019, on the average, of all weapons used in the commission of crime being foreign-made weapons and we are looking at 24plus percent being locally made,” Mr. Asante Twum said on Citi TV Monday, September 27.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service arrested one Bukari Salifu, who is said to have provided weapons to armed robbers for their expeditions.
Bukari Salifu, 65, was arrested over the weekend following police intelligence.
Prior to his arrest, two suspected robbers who had been arrested when they attempted to rob motorists along the Koluedor-Sege-Accra road had mentioned Bukari Salifu as the one who provides them with weapons for their robberies.
But while ostensibly taking the police to the man, the two rather took the crime-combat team to a bush full of other armed robbers.
“There, the police came under fire as the suspects attempted to escape,” a press release signed by Acting Director-General of Public Affairs ACP Kwesi Ofori on Monday, September 27 noted.
The suspected armed robbers were shot in the process and were rushed to the Police Hospital, where they died.
They are Joseph Dagodzo and Mujahid Abubakar, alias Sule. Their bodies have been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue.