Atebubu: Driver shot dead; one injured in highway robbery

The Atebubu Amantin Divisional Police has commenced investigations into a suspected robbery case that led to the killing of one person Monday night.

A 30-year-old commercial driver, Mohammed Yakubu, was shot dead by suspected highway robbers while he was en route to Kumasi to deliver charcoal he had loaded in his truck from Nyankontere in Sene West district.

The incident happened on the Sanwakyi–Patuda road in the Atebubu Amantin Municipality of the Bono East region
around 8 pm when it was raining.

Reports said the robbers accosted and shot him in the head. His mate, Nuhu Ibrahim also sustained serious injuries and was stuck in the car till the police arrived at the crime scene.

The Atebubu Amantin Divisional Police Commander ACP Samuel Alordey who confirmed the incident to journalists said Ibrahim was receiving treatment at the Atebubu Government Hospital while the body of the deceased has been sent to St. Mathias Mortuary at Yeji by Police.

ACP Alordey bemoaned the escalating robbery incidents in the area and assured that his outfit will clamp down on the criminals.

MP Unhappy

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Pru East, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has confirmed the highway robbery incidents in the area are disheartening.

He told XYZ Parliamentary correspondent Princess Arita Anim that some of the residents within his constituency are fleeing for their lives due to the increasing insecurity along the eastern corridor road of the Bono East Region.

Dr Kwabena Donkor

“Residents in Sene East, Sene West, Pru East, and Pru West and Atebubu Amantin are being harassed by robbers almost every week. Recently, robbers killed a military officer in my constituency-Pru East and this is a worrying situation,” the former Power Minister observed.

He mentioned that incidents of armed robberies have become rampant and gravely affecting economic activities within the Constituency, disclosing that traders in the area always feel reluctant to travel to Kumasi at dawn to purchase goods.

The legislator went on and appealed to the National Security, and Interior Ministers and also the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh to engage their men to flush out the criminals from the area.

He said when they intensifying security operations and safeguard the corridor which is in a bad state, economic activities will be revived in the four districts.


By Henryson Okrah||Ghana

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