Weed, knives recovered as police arrest 50 suspected criminals

The suspects are said to have set up camps in the forest

Police raid Tamale Aboabo forest

Suspected criminals set up camps in Tamale forest

Illegal objects recovered by the police in a swoop

An intelligence-led operation of the Ghana Police Service has led to the arrest of more than 50 suspected criminals who are believed to have been hiding in a forest in the northern regional capital, Tamale.

According to the Northern Regional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga, the Aboabo forest in Tamale has over time become a hub for criminals inside and outside the region. where they planned their operations.

He noted that the forest also served as a hideout for wanted criminals seeking refuge there.

Baba Ananga, after a police raid on Saturday, told reporters that the decision to storm the forest was taken after Tamale police arrested a wanted criminal in the forest about two weeks ago.

He said the swoop was aimed at suppressing criminal activity, including prostitution.

“The criminals took this area in the forest, patched up camps to do their operations from the forest, these criminals thought the forest was a forbidden area and besides, they could do whatever they wanted and move in to do all sorts of drug trafficking, prostitution turning the whole area into a market they felt the authorities couldn’t get in,” a report by Adomonline.com quoted the Crime Officer.

He noted: “About two weeks ago we arrested a notorious criminal, Asampana Ayini, whom we handed over to Bolgatanga who was declared wanted, then he committed many robberies in Bolga, ran in this forest. After the arrest, we understood that most of the criminals were here doing all kinds of business and activities.

Police following the raid recovered items and substances, including suspected grass, cutlasses, knives, motorcycles, plastic chairs, among others.

The police also caused the destruction of several structures set up as camps for the suspected criminals.

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