The Ghana Police Service has killed two suspects and arrested four others for their alleged involvement in a recent highway robbery on the Kintampo-Buipe-Tamale highway which resulted in the killing of London-based Muslim TV journalist Syed Taaley Ahmed, who was working on a documentary in northern Ghana.
The killed suspects are Hamidu Umaru and Haadu.
They were killed while engaging the Special Anti-Robbery Task Force in a gun battle.
The four other suspects arrested include Saaju Bukari, Rector Saabi, All Amadu and Isaad Seidu.
The police retrieved two locally-manufactured pistols and live cartridges, machetes, bayonets, pepper spray cans and stun guns from the suspects.
A statement by the police said suspected stolen items were such as mobile phones and motorbikes were also retrieved.
The police service said it is putting in place stringent measures to curb such crimes.
Meanwhile, former President John Mahama has urged the Akufo-Addo government to take urgent action to curb the rampant highway robberies in Ghana.
It follows several similar attacks on that stretch as well as on highways in other parts of the country.
In a statement, Mr Mahama’s office said the former president “wishes to further reecho his call on the government to urgently address the worrying development”, adding: “No one could have imagined that the tragic death of this journalist would follow so soon”.
“We note also that despite the low morale of many of our police personnel due to the lack of adequate crime-fighting logistics, the Ghana Police Service remains one of the best in Africa and when given all the support, can secure our highways and ensure security for all our people”, the statement noted.
“We, therefore, call on the Akufo-Addo/ Bawumia government to take urgent steps to address the deteriorating security situation in the country so that our people can feel safe to go about their daily activities”.
Read the full statement from Mr John Mahama’s office:
PRESIDENT MAHAMA EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT HIGHWAY ROBBERIES & THE RECENT KILLING OF UK JOURNALIST ON TAMALE-BUIPE ROAD
The Office of HE John Dramani Mahama has 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.
According to news reports, the slain journalist, working with a crew from the London-based Muslim TV (MTA International), was in the country to work on a documentary assessing Ghana’s peace and security, when he met his untimely death.
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family and MTA International, following the profound loss of their loved one.
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 our country.
The now-rampant criminal activity of armed robbers in the northern parts of the country is a cause for great concern, as they are fast-becoming a daily occurrence.
In recent times, these armed robbers have become so emboldened that they not only terrorise road users in the night but in the daytime, as well.
Indeed, just days after this tragic incident, armed robbers, according to news reports, in broad daylight, attacked motorists travelling on the Bolgatanga-Walewale highway robbing them of all their valuables.
During President Mahama’s recent tour of the five regions in the north of the country to thank the people for their support in the 2020 elections, he met with chiefs, stakeholders, opinion leaders and religious leaders who mentioned insecurity on the highways as one of the key matters of concern.
President Mahama wishes to further reecho his call on the government to urgently address the worrying development.
No one could have imagined that the tragic death of this journalist would follow so soon.
We note also that despite the low morale of many of our police personnel due to the lack of adequate crime-fighting logistics, the Ghana Police Service remains one of the best in Africa and when given all the support, can secure our highways and ensure security for all our people.
We, therefore, call on the Akufo-Addo/ Bawumia government to take urgent steps to address the deteriorating security situation in the country so that our people can feel safe to go about their daily activities.
Our hearts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the dead. And may God heal all who have been wounded in these attacks.