The Ashanti regional police command will form an anti-robbery squad to deal with the rising spate of armed robbery attacks in the region, ASP Yussuf Tanko, Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the regional command has said.
The Ashanti Regional Security Council had an emergency meeting on Monday May 23 to find solutions to the increasing spate of armed robbery attacks in the region.
In an interview on Monday May 23, ASP Tanko said: “There is a group of three robbers who are operating within the Ashanti region. Just last week, they shot and killed a police and wounded another and they killed this Akomea Frimpong. We are suspecting that it is the same gang that is doing that. The Regional commander has called a regional meeting of officers to plan how to contain these particular guys and we are also forming an anti-armed robbery squad to help deal with the situation”, he stated.
“When there are robberies and they claim lives, it becomes very necessary that the police do all that it takes to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. Now they have killed two people in a week and we don’t know what they will be doing next”, he added.
XYZ News’ Ashanti regional correspondent Addai Munukunu who spoke to some residents of the regional capital, Kumasi, reported that there is heightened fear among residents in the region following the attacks.
On Saturday May 21, a 31-year-old electrician was shot dead at his residence at Ahenema Kokoben near Kumasi while his brother was injured in the process.
The police officer was also shot at Dekyemso in Kumasi in his car near a hotel where robbers were on a heist.
In March this year, four suspected female armed robbery gangs were arrested in Kumasi after they had robbed a taxi driver of his sales at knife point.
In April, a 58-year-old trader was also shot dead by robbers who attacked the residence of her family at Pakyi no. 1. Days before that, there was an attack that claimed the life of a mobile banker at Kwamanmam Rural Bank. Antwi Boateng was shot by two robbers who invaded the bank.