Two robbers jailed 40 years in Upper East Region, others remanded

Two robbers arrested by police in the Upper East Region have been jailed a total of 40 years with hard labour.

They are Awinaba Ayembil Joel, a 30-year-old farmer and Mathias Asagba, aged 20. They were arrested for committing different crimes in the region.

While Ayembil was jailed for 25 years, Mr. Asagba was handed a 15-year term.

A statement from the police said, prior to the jail term, a manhunt has launched for the arrest Ayembil who had escaped after committing a robbery at Zebilla.

He was subsequently arrested at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region “where he had gone into hiding after the suspected robbery,” according to the police.

“He was subsequently put before the Bawku Circuit Court on Friday, June 4, 2021, for the offence of conspiracy and robbery, contrary to section 23 (1) and 149 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act as amended by Act (646) and was sentenced to 25 years in hard labour.”

With regard to Mathias Asagba, he was put before the Bolgatanga Circuit court “tried and convicted to 15 years in hard labour on May 26, 2021.”



The arrest and conviction of the robbers form part of efforts by the police to clamp down on criminals in the region.

In a related case, the police in its statement stated that two other robbers have been remanded into custody after they were arrested for different crimes they allegedly committed, while one person is on remand after he was arrested for allegedly possessing a firearm without lawful authority.

“The Upper East Regional Police Command assures residence of robust security posture to ensure provision of maximum security to protect lives and properties, hence the laying of the emphasis on the call for enhanced partnership between police and the residents through information sharing leading to arrest and prosecution of offenders since crime-fighting is a shared responsibility,” the Upper East Regional Police Command added in the statement.

Below is the full statement from the police:


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