Armed robbers shoot caretaker dead


An armed robber last Wednesday shot and killed the caretaker of a house at Atwima Maakro in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region, for daring to attack his accomplice with a machete.

This was less than 48 hours after a similar incident occurred at Babaso on the Ejura-Dome road, also in the Ashanti Region.

The deceased, known only as Ibrahim, aka Akonta, believed to be about 35 years, was said to have slashed one of the two armed robbers who stormed the house in the night.

His accomplice, who was wielding a gun, had by then ordered the owner of the house and other people to get out of a car and lie on the floor,  but he became angry and shot Ibrahim twice at close range, shuttering his skull.

 
How it happened
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Crime Officer of Abuakwa District Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Jeremiah Alala, said the incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, when a businessman, Mr John Agyei, who had moved to the area about two weeks earlier, returned home and was entering his house in his car.

He said the armed robbers who had laid ambush in the area, rushed in when a member of the household opened the gate for the car to enter. The robbers then ordered the people in the car to lie down on the floor, searched their pockets and took their money and mobile phones.

ASP Alala said on realising that Ibrahim was not among those who had been taken ‘hostage’, the robbers asked of his whereabouts. 

 Ibrahim, who was in one of the rooms and was aware of what was happening, came out with a machete and attacked one of the robbers, prompting the other to retaliate by shooting him twice in the head. The robbers then run away.

ASP Alala appealed to the public not to try and defend themselves during such attacks to save their lives.

He reiterated his call on the public, as much as possible, to abide by the dictates of robbers in such instances and rather look out for tips that would aid investigations.

ASP Alala said the police had noted a trend in the operations of the robbers and were studying it to come up with new strategies to combat them.

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