Two police officers from the Zuarungu District Police Command in the Upper East Region were killed by armed robbers on Wednesday evening.
According to the Bolgatanga Police Command, at approximately 8:20 p.m. yesterday, the Zuarungu District Command received a distress call reporting an ongoing robbery at the Zuarungu Market.
While the Command was mobilizing its men to respond to the call, they received another distress call informing them that two officers had been killed.
Supt. Dela Dzansi, Bolgatanga Divisional Commander, and Supt. Reuben Dugah, Regional Crime Officer, led a team of police officers to the crime scene.
While there, they identified the two as Constable Emmanuel Akowuah and Constable Adam Suley.
The team discovered a burnt Service motorcycle (No. GP 2311) parked by the road in front of a convenience store at the crime scene. Five empty shells of AK 47 ammunition and one empty shell of BB Cartridge ammunition were also recovered.
Mr. Baba Akolgo, the robbery victim, was approached by the police. He is a businessman who is 51 years old.
He told the cops that three men barged into his ‘provisions’ shop and demanded that he hand over his money. This was done under duress. He surrendered, and the robbers made off with GH2,000.00.
These officers were on routine patrol on the Service motorbike No. GP 2311, according to the Bolgatanga Police Command.
Constable Suley Adam was booked for the Service Rifle No. 79209 at 7:00pm before they started their patrol; inquiries to the Zuarungu District Charge Office revealed this.
During their patrol, the two officers came across the earlier reported robbery incident and were attacked by the armed robbers, JoyNews’ Albert Sore reported.
The robbers’ bullets pierced the fuel tank of the motorcycle, causing it to explode in flames and partially burn Constable Adam Suley.
Meanwhile, the deceased’s remains have been placed in the morgue at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for preservation and autopsy.
Additionally, efforts are being made to apprehend the perpetrators. According to the Police Command, the Zuarungu District is not a robbery hotspot. From March to the present, the police have only recorded two robberies.
The police suspect that local support was used during the robbery.
The armed robbers’ heads have been marked with a GH50,000 bounty. Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector-General of Police, has also expressed condolences to the families of the “fallen Heroes.”