The Notorious Highway robbery gang terrorizing residents in Abuakwa North and South Municipalities in the Eastern Region have shot and killed a woman after blocking Akyem Ettukrom to Bunso stretch of the Koforidua to Bunso Highway Sunday dawn.
According to witnesses, the robbery operation started at about 3:00 am and the suspects succeeded in robbing many commuters.
One of the robbers shot and killed a woman identified only as Victoria who was onboard one of the vehicles.
The robbers escaped into the bush before the arrival of the Police patrol team.
The Police patrol team however in collaboration with a section of the youth in the community combed the bush at site two near Bunso and after many minutes arrested two suspects – Haruna Amadu, 25, and Joseph Nyira,25.
Two unregistered single-barrel shotguns, one machete, cash the sum of GhC257.00, one Itel mobile phone, three-neck bags containing two voter ID cards belonging to two of the victims, assorted mobile sim cards belonging to victims, and a black student bag containing shirts of the suspects were retrieved.
Some of the victims who lodged a formal complaint at the Bunso Police station identified suspect Haruna Amadu as the one who shot and killed the woman.
A search in a bag in possession of Joseph Nyira revealed a kente material shirt which the victims say was worn by suspect Haruna Amadu at the time of the robbery.
However, the suspects have denied their involvement in the robbery.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh said the suspects are in Police custody assisting investigation and will be put before court on Monday.
He added that all the exhibits retained for evidential purposes.
At least 10 robbery attacks have been recorded in two Municipalities in the last three months.
On May 24, 2021, one person was shot during a similar highway robbery attack on Koforidua to Akyem Kukurantumi road in the Eastern region.
The robbers mounted a roadblock about 4:30 am at Barfuor Nkwanta near the Sorkode Dwaso junction stretch of the road where Police mostly conduct checks on commuting vehicles
About 20 vehicles were allegedly robbed by the armed robbers who made away with a total of about Ghc50,000 according to a victim.