The Ho District Magistrate Court 1 has remanded into police custody three suspects: Nervis Otu Laryea, 33; Ebenezer Osei, 38, and Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, 37, to assist an investigation into their possession of three foreign pistols, 40 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two Toshiba laptops and 27 assorted mobile phones.
At a press conference, the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro Kwateng, disclosed that on 6 July 2021, the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) patrol team stationed along the Kpando-Have motor road in the Kpando Municipal District of the Volta Region, intercepted a Toyota Corolla with registration No. AC 1621- 18 with the suspects and they were taken through a thorough routine checks and the following items were retrieved:
1.Three (3) foreign pistols with serial numbers obliterated
2.Forty (40) rounds of 9mm ammunition
3. Twenty - seven (27) assorted mobile phones
4. Three (3) Toshiba laptops
"Preliminary investigation revealed that all the 27 assorted mobile phones were marked with price tags and two hoody pullovers (black and green) were retrieved from the suspects bag," he said.
DCOP Kwateng added that: "During the investigation, the suspect Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak claimed he obtained the assorted mobile phones from a man he doesn't know at Alavanyo Wudidi in Hohoe Municipality also in the Volta Region with no receipts issued for the transaction".
According to him, the other suspects, Nervis Otu Laryea and Ebenezer Osei, claimed to have offered a lift to Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak on their way from Alavanyo whereas the suspect Ebenezer Osei claimed he had visited a shrine at Alavanyo for spiritual assistance in his business.
"Further investigations revealed that, the Toyota Corolla with registration No. AC 1622-18 was also acquired by suspect Nervis Otu Laryea at Afienya from someone from Togo without any documents" DCOP Oduro mentioned.
The suspects are to reappear in court on 22 July 2021.