Tuesday 20th September, 2016
Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Bawku (U/E), Sept. 20, GNA – A suspected notorious armed robber was at the
weekend lynched by the Zemmasa community members near Bawku in the Upper East
Region after he resisted arrest and shot at them.
The suspect, Ali Haruna, 25, has been on the
Bawku police and the Zemmasa community wanted list for a long time and was
spotted in the community with an AK 47 assault riffle.
Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) Mr
Benjamin Ofori Acquah, the Crime Officer of the Bawku Divisional Police
Command, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said when the
community members attempted to arrest him, he resisted the effort and opened
fire on them until he ran out of ammunition.
He said when the community members realized
that he had run out of ammunition, they pounced on him and beat him to death.
DSP Acquah said the suspected armed robber
had been robbing traders and travelers of their monies and other valuable items
in the area and was identified by some community members as one of the robbers
who attacked traders from Burkina Faso at the Kulpelgu Forest Reserve near
Bawku a few weeks ago.
DSP Acquah said the community members found
a weapon in a bush nearby where the last robbery took place and suspected it
was for one of the robbers who had been robbing the area so laid ambush till
the owner arrived.
He said a few days later, they saw the
suspect walk towards the weapon and this resulted in a hot chase leading to the
altercation and resultant lynching.
DSP Acquah called on the community members
to desist from instant justice and hand over any suspect to police as that
would help the police in its investigation to track down more criminals.
He urged the community members to be each
other’s keepers as that would help them to track down criminals in the area.