The suspected armed robber
Drama unfolded at the West Anaji branch of the Methodist Church, near Takoradi in the Western Region, when some police personnel stormed the place last Saturday to whisk away a suspected armed robber in a Hollywood style.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect, Aaron Ackah, 30, was getting married to his long-time lover (name withheld), at a beautiful wedding ceremony in the church.
The ceremony was taking place at Aldersgate Methodist Church at West Anaji in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The ceremony therefore came to an abrupt end after the policemen had arrested the groom.
The arrest, according to sources, was in connection with a robbery case at Aniamote, a community in the Wassa Amenfi District of the region.
The church members, family and friends who thronged the auditorium in their numbers to witness the ceremony were dump-founded and started leaving for their houses one after the other.
The shocked bride reportedly collapsed after the arrest and was rushed home.
Aaron Ackah is alleged to have robbed a Chinese small-scale miner of an amount of GH¢18,000 after inflicting knife wounds on the left hand of the victim some days earlier.
A member of the church who divulged the story but pleaded anonymity, said that as the ceremony was underway, some plain clothed policemen entered the church.
“The couple had just completed the exchange of vows and the officiating minister was just about to usher them into the segment of wearing of rings,” he added.
The church member indicated that the two plain clothed police officers who were detailed from Bogoso, suddenly entered the church and whisked the bridegroom away after using one of the invitation cards to confirm his identity.
“The joy and excitement that had filled the venue of the ceremony was cut short as many of the guests who were astonished at the unfortunate scene started weeping and leaving,” he asserted.
The suspect has since been taken to Prestea for further investigations.
Investigations revealed that the suspected armed robber was not a member of the church but had been visiting the lady during church services when they eventually decided to tie the knot.