Timeline: A Chronicle of Events Since The Kwabenya Jail Break

Kwabenya Jail break

21st January 2018 would have been a normal Sunday when Ghanaians would have gone to church asking God for forgiveness while we start committing those same sins right from the church’s doorstep. After church, the task would have been to fill the tummy with some Omo Tuo or Fufu but this day rather turned out to be a real life enactment of the hit television series, “Prison Break”.

As many prepared to go to church, the news that seven inmates at the Kwabenya Police Station had broken out of the jail went viral.

The seven are Nigerian Chibuzor Akwabu, 34, and Ghanaians Dickson Ofori, 24, Edem Rockson, 32, Prince Osei, 27, Emmanuel Kotey, 21, Kofi Darko, 21, and Attah Kwadwo, 20.

As they escaped police custody around 2am Sunday dawn, a police officer who was on duty was shot. Apparently, the police officer was hit by a bullet while he was hiding in his car.

In a police statement, the 7 armed robbers were freed by their six gun wielding colleagues.

By late afternoon on that same Sunday, the police started a Twitter thread that contained pictures and brief data about the jail breakers.

The following Monday, there were some news reports that suggested that the fugitives had been arrested.

It turned out to be fake news.

To set the records straight, the police released a statement which stated that they have not been arrested.

“The Accra Regional Police Command is debunking false information making the rounds on social media that “All suspects who absconded from the lawful custody at Kwabenya Police Station have surrended themselves to the Madina Police..,” the statement read.

Kwabenya Jailbreak

The police officer who was shot was also reported to have died. His widow asked the government to set up a fund for her children since her husband, Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi was the main breadwinner of the family. The family has also requested for state burial.

Four days after the incident, the Inspector General of Police, Asante Appeatu disclosed that two of the jail breakers were arrested at Worawora in the Volta Region.

By then, other people who supposedly helped the fugitives to escape were also arrested. It included a 28-year old woman named Nancy Bentah alias Awura Ama. The other is George Yeboah Ackah, aka Kwesi Shower, one more person, Kofi Acheampong, alias Nana Owuo, aged 32, was also arrested at Afienya.

The police placed a GHS 15,000 bounty on the heads of the fugitives.

Seventy-eight (78) alleged suspects connected to the jail break at the Kwabenya Police station were also arrested in a police swoop by the Greater Accra police command for investigations.

Nineteen of them were granted bail last week Thursday (25th January).

Early this week, presiding judge, Aboagye Tandoh convicted Prince Osei and Attah Kwadwo after they pled guilty for their crime of escaping lawful detention. The judge will pass his judgment on February 13, 2018.

However, the most shocking story from the Kwabenya jailbreak is probably the alleged role a bread seller who trades near he police station played in their escape.

She reportedly aided the suspects to initiate contact with the gang that stormed the police station to forcibly free them from their cells.
As of now, all the seven who escaped are back in police custody after the police mounted a nationwide manhunt.
Kuulpeeps.com will keep updating this story with developements from the Kwabenya jail break.


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