The police, acting together with the National Intelligence Bureau, have grabbed and taken into custody a suspected member of the rival gangs, who fought a bloody street battle in Nima, sending terrified residents running to take cover.
The police say they found on the suspect whose name they gave as Farouk Dauda, alias ‘Omondi’, dried leaves, believed to be marijuana.
A statement issued by the police, said he was seized at his hideout in a suburb of Accra based on intelligence.
He has been in hiding since January 18, 2022. Omondi was captured in video footage, carrying a machete.
The rival gangs calling themselves ‘Bombon” and “Kumodzi”, fought with guns, machetes, clubs and other deadly weapons.
According to the police statement, he has admitted that he was actively involved in the bloody confrontation.
“During interrogation, he admitted his involvement in the said clash where he was captured in a video footage wielding a machete as he identified himself in the said video footage.
A search conducted on him led to the retrieval of a wrapped substance suspected to be Indian hemp.
He is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.”
The statement said the police were working to arrest all those who took part in the street fight. Seven arrested persons are standing trial in court, criminally charged with rioting and causing harm.
They have all pleaded not guilty, claiming alibi. They include the bosses of the rival gangs, Ali Awudu, alias ‘Bombon’ and Ibrahim Hussein alias ‘Kumodzi’.
A commercial motorbike rider got hit by stray bullets and he is in critical condition at the 37 Military Hospital.
Another person was also hacked with a machete, sustaining deep cuts in the neck and back.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has expressed deep upset and condemnation of the incident.
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