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The Kumasi High Court 3, presided over by Justice Obiri Yeboah has sentenced one Umar Shatta, 73 to 10 years imprisonment after a seven - member jury found him and other two guilty of unlawful possession of firearms.

His other two accomplices; Suleman Alhassan and Fran Badu were also sentenced into 6 months and 4 years imprisonment respectively.

The three accused persons were arrested in December 2015 in what was deemed to be the biggest arms haul in the history of Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.

It would be recalled that the three convicts were seized in a house at Alabar, a Kumasi suburb, upon a tip- off as they were in the process of sneaking hoard of ammunition to Niger.

The ammunitions included 11 AK-47 assault rifles, 10 G-3 assault rifles, several magazines and a large quantity of ammunition.

A Burkinabe who was arrested with the convicts confided in the police to have bought the weaponry from Ivory Coast and was sending them to Niger before he was arrested at his den at Alabar

After three years of investigations and prosecution, Senior State Attorney Mrs. Marie Lewu Simon told Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame that justice has been served.

‘The court in bringing its judgment took into consideration the evidence that was given the one of the accused person Suleman Alhassan during the committal and what happened in the open court she said.


Story by: David Afum & Georgina Sefakor Agyen.


Last modified on Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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