Police in the Upper West Region have retrieved over 36 locally manufactured arms from the house of suspect Bartholomew Daryenkye in Charia, a suburb of Wa, in the Wa Municipal of the Upper West Region. The Arms were retrieved after suspect Nyame Porukiamah, aged 61, was arrested by police at Loho barrier after he was spotted with a locally manufactured single barrel shot gun.
According to the Police, the first suspect Porukiamah revealed, upon interrogation that the gun was given to him by his grandson suspect Michael Sonkora aged 32, to test. He was also arrested and he led the police to suspect Daryenkye house, now at large, after confessing that he bought the gun from him and the police retrieved thirty six (36) locally manufactured guns from his house after a search was conducted.
Addressing the media on Monday, August 6, 2018 at U/W/ Regional Police Headquarters, the Regional DeputyPolice Commander, ACP Peter A. Ndekugri noted that, the incident leading to the arrest of the suspects started on Sunday, August 5, 2018 when the first suspect Nyame Porukiamah was arrested at the Loho barrier when he was returning from farm.
He said the arms comprises of 36 single barrel guns, One Mark 4 gun, one double barrel shot gun, two locally manufactured pistols, one foreign pistol, twelve butts and twenty barrels, one bench grinder and a box of tools.
Meanwhile, the wife of suspect Daryenkye, Gloria Daryenkye, was apprehended to aid in police investigation, but was earlier discharged on Tuesday morning.
However, the Police commander stated that, based on intelligence gathered, the suspect has been manufacturing guns for criminals and he therefore appealed to the general public to furnish the police with information in order to help combat crime in the region. ‘’ Intelligence gathered indicates that, suspect Bartholomew Daryenkye has been illegally manufacturing guns for criminals to operate. It is in the light of this, the police continue to entreat the general public to volunteer information to the police to arrest criminals in the community’’ he pleaded.