The Upper East Regional Police Emergency Patrol Team on Saturday 26 June 2021 at about 1.30 pm engaged two armed robbers on an unregistered motorbike in a shootout in their attempt to snatch a motorbike from their owners at gunpoint.
Police received a call to the effect that two young men suspected to be armed robbers, wielding a pistol and a knife were trying to snatch a motorbike from its owner at popular a section of the road near OA bus terminal on Bolgatanga – Navrongo highway
On receipt of the information, an armed police team was dispatched to the area.
On approaching the scene, they spotted two youngsters, one wielding a locally manufactured pistol and the other in possession of a knife.
The suspects on seeing Police at a distance sped off from the scene on an unregistered motorbike parked.
Police pursued them amidst verbal warning for them to stop but to no avail.
MyNewGh.com can report that in the course of pursuing the suspects to a far distance at Soe, the pillion rider jumped off the motorbike and escaped.
Police continued to pursue the rider who entered in between two houses through narrow path and alleys.
Sensing danger he removed a pistol and attempted to shoot at the Police.
This time he was overpowered by the police
Police retrieved a locally manufactured pistol loaded with one live AA Cartridge and another live AA Cartridge in the suspect’s right front trouser pocket.
Further Inspection on the unregistered motorbike revealed one knife concealed in the upper part of the Motorbike.
The suspect was conveyed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for treatment.
Suspect Salifu Mohammed, aged 24 is currently responding to treatment under police Armed Guard whilst efforts are underway to arrest his accomplice for further investigation for the offence of attempted robbery and possession of fire arm without authority.
Meanwhile, the locally manufactured pistol and knife retained at the Station for evidential purpose.
The Regional Police Command however reiterates call for partnership and cooperation through information sharing leading to quick police response to arrest suspects or prevent criminal activities especially violent ones as murder, rape, both highway and residential robberies.
The command assures residents of ready robust police posture in the regional to fight crime.
Meanwhile, the public has been urged to take note of the Police emergency toll-free numbers 191,18555 or 112 to report all criminal matters.