Bolgatanga - Thirty-four suspects are in the custody of the Upper East Regional Police Command in a dawn swoop in the Zebilla and Tilli forest areas. This is as part of measures to deal with the increasing incidences of armed robberies and other security threats on the Bolgatanga-Bawku highway. According to a report filed by Graphic.com.gh, two out of the 34 suspects, have been identified as part of a gang of five suspected robbers who are on the police wanted list.
During the raid, the police retrieved one gold detector and three motorbikes believed to have been stolen.
Other items found on the suspects included; knives, a pair of scissors, some leaves suspected to be Indian hemp wrapped in plastic bags, and some mobile phones.
How is the robbery carried out? (Details)
The Public Affairs Officer of the Regional Police Command, ASP David Fianko-Okyere in a statement said the suspected armed robbers operate under the guise of shepherding their cattle. He said these shepherds operated by pushing the cattle across the Bolgatanga-Bawku road and when motorists stop, then they use the opportunity to rob their victims at gunpoint. They are believed to be herdsmen from nearby towns and villages along that stretch of road who perpetrate that crime.