The Ashanti Regional Police Command in an intelligence-led operation on the Accra-Kumasi Highway arrested five armed robbery suspects who had robbed their victim, a gold dealer of some gold at gunpoint at Akyem Adukrom.
The suspects, Adams Awal, Ibrahim Hamidou alias Akwasi Anokye, Inusah Moro, Nasiru Salifu and Kwadwo Amponsah, are currently in Police custody.
A statement signed by Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng, Director, Public Affairs and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Police retrieved one AK 47 Assault Rifle, two magazines loaded with 24 rounds of ammunition, one python revolver pistol, eight BB live cartridges, nine gold nuggets and GHC 9077.00 from the suspects.
It said a Toyota Land Cruiser with trade plate number DV 4142 F, which was being used by the robbers, had also been impounded.
The brief said in a related development, the Savanna Regional Police Command was pursuing three armed robbers, who attacked and shot a commuter on the Bole-Bamboi Highway.
It said preliminary reports indicated that the victim was the driver of a Hyundai Accent saloon car with two other passengers on board, travelling from Accra to Jirapa.
The statement said when they got to a section of the road between Banda Nkwanta and Nuoyiri communities, three armed men emerged from the bush and signaled them to stop and while slowing down, one of the robbers shot and killed the driver.
It said the Police had mounted a manhunt to get the suspects arrested.
The statement said community members of Banda Nkwanta and Nuoyiri had been alerted to assist Police with relevant information that could lead to the identity and arrest of the suspects.