Four people are currently in police custody for their alleged involvement in robbery and murder cases on the Kintampo-Buipe-Tamale Highway.
The four—Saaju Bukari, Bertor Saabi, Ali Amadi and Isaad Seidu—were arrested following an intelligence-led operation conducted by the Special Anti-Robbery Task Force.
The operation also resulted in the killing of two robbers after they exchanged gunshots with the Police Intelligence and Operational Teams.
A statement issued by the police said preliminary investigations suggest that the suspects were behind many robberies including the killing of an International Journalist a few days ago.
Syyed Taalay Ahmed of London-based MTA News met his untimely death on Monday, August 23, 2021, after the bus he was traveling on, together with another victim Omaru Abdul Hakim was attacked by robbers.
They were joined by the driver of their Toyota Hiace with registration number GT 7405-16 to the Buipe Polyclinic.
However, due to the severity of the injuries, they were all transferred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, where Taalay was pronounced dead.
Mahama on robberies.
Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has called on President Akufo-Addo to deal with the rampant robbery cases in the country which are leading to the killing of people.
He said in recent times, armed robbers have become so emboldened that they do not only terrorize road users at night but in the daytime as well, a situation he believes calls for swift action from the government.
A statement issued on his behalf by his Special Aide, Joyce Bawa Mogtari, said he received with utter shock, news of an attack on yet another passenger vehicle on the Tamale- Buipe road by armed robbers, leading to the murder of an International Journalist, Syed Taaley Ahmed.
The statement said it is truly ironic that a journalist working on a documentary on peace and security should die from an incident of highway robbery, which has become symptomatic of the violent crime currently consuming the country.
The statement called on the government to take urgent steps to address the deteriorating security situation in the country, for people to feel safe to go about their daily activities.