Crime & Punishment of 2014-01-16

Fake soldier grabbed

A loaded pistol has been seized from a man who posed as a military officer and allegedly terrorised residents of Agape in Accra.

Residents of Agape and surrounding communities said Theodore Aggor, the suspect, together with his accomplices, wore military uniforms, drove around the area in an unregistered vehicle and terrorised them.

Accomplices on the run

The suspect was arrested on January 12, 2013 but his accomplices are on the run.

The Odorkor District Police Commander, Superintendent Abraham Acquaye, told the Daily Graphic that the police had information that the people of Agape, Anyah and surrounding communities were living in fear “because of the suspect and his accomplices so we organised an operation and that led to his arrest.”

An unregistered foreign pistol loaded with four rounds of ammunition was retrieved from the room of the suspect when the police conducted a search.

Superintendent Acquaye said a military uniform, a military cap and a big hammer suspected to have been used for breaking into people’s houses were also found in the suspect’s room.

Dismissed military officer

During interrogation, Aggor told the police that he was a dismissed soldier and when he was questioned about the pistol in his possession, he claimed that he purchased the weapon in Liberia while on a UN peacekeeping mission.

Charges

Aggor has since been charged with possession of a firearm without authority and unlawful possession of military accoutrement.

Superintendent Acquaye said investigations were going on to ascertain the veracity of the suspect’s claim that he was a dismissed military officer and called on those who had fallen victim to the threats of the suspect to see the Odorkor Police for the necessary action to be taken.