2 Drown At Dam Site

The desire of 24 year old Anyanbe Atubire to enjoy Valentine’s Day turned sour when he got drowned in a dam, when he and his colleagues went swimming at Bongo in the Upper East Region.

A member of the search party sent to the dam to retrieve the body of Atubire also drowned. His name was given as Nyaaba Attawine, 26. Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) Paul Ankan, Bongo District Police Commander, who confirmed the incident, said the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the Bongo-Soe Clinic awaiting autopsy.

He said: “We have invited the Medical Superintendent to be at the scene. He is going to examine the bodies, and, if possible, determine the cause of death and release them  to the families for burial.” In another development, the police in Bolgatanga say one of the two suspected armed robbers who was killed in last Sunday’s shooting incident has been identified as a notorious criminal who escaped from their counterparts in Kumasi.

Identifying him only as Rasta, DCOP Simon Afeku, Upper East Regional Police Commander, said the late criminal and his accomplices have attacked many residents of the region, especially, those who ply the Bolgatanga-Navrongo road.  Briefing the media on the shooting incident, the Police Commander said Rasta was killed alongside Baba at their hideout at Yipala.

He explained that upon seeing the police, the robbers first opened fire, injuring an officer in the process. In return, DCOP Afeku said, the police also fired at the robbers before they could disarm them. They were pronounced dead on arrival at the regional hospital in Bolgatanga.

Meanwhile, a third person, Patrick Ayine, alias Aluta, who the police suspect was an accomplice of Baba and Rasta, has been arrested and will be processed for court in the coming days. According to the Commander, there was already a bench warrant for the arrest of Patrick. Yipala, near Soe, all suburbs of Bolgatanga, is becoming a den of criminals.

Apuka was another notorious armed robber who hailed from the same place and robbed and injured his victims until he was recently shot and killed by the police at Dachio, where he was receiving treatment of gunshot wounds he had received during an exchange of fire with the police in a previous robbery attack.

DCOP Afeku reiterated his call on the public to give out information about suspected characters to the police to use as leads.  He emphasised that it was not in the interest of the police to shoot and kill suspected criminals because they are mandated by law to carry weapons, but this same law enjoins them to use the weapons appropriately to protect life and property.  But, under circumstances of high level of threats, as was in this incident, the police had to do everything to demobilise them, so they (police) could live to protect other citizens.

From William Nlanjerbor Jalulah, Bolgatanga

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