Wassa Akropong bank robbery: Two suspects arrested
The police have arrested two men suspected to be part of a gang of armed robbers who attacked the Upper Amenfi Rural Bank at Jukwa near Wassa Akropong in the Western Region.
These suspects and three other accomplices who allegedly attacked the bank on Monday, June 27, 2022, disarmed the security guard on duty, assaulted two of the bank staff and made away with an unspecified amount of money and a pump action gun.
They are said to have also shot one other person who attempted to mount a roadblock to prevent them from escaping.
The suspects, Tahiru Issaka alias Red and Yahuza Mohammed, according to a police statement, were arrested at their hideouts in two different locations in the Ashanti Region on 25th August 2022.
Meanwhile, one other person, who was shot during the operations and died later, was identified by the two suspects as Gafar Ziyech Abdul alias Stone. He was the gang leader.
“When the robbers realised they were being pursued by the police, they set their vehicle ablaze and abandoned it hoping that would foil the police tracking them.
“The combined effort of the Western, Ashanti, and the Bono East Regional Police Intelligence Directorates over an eight-week period has led to the arrest of the suspects in the Ashanti Region.
“The Police have so far retrieved four vehicles including the one that was set ablaze and abandoned by the robbers, a motorbike, two pistols, and a quantity of ammunition,” the police statement said.
The two suspects are currently in custody while the pursuit of the other accomplices continues.
The police have assured the public that “these criminals can run but cannot hide” adding that “wherever they are, we will get them”.