Some residents of Bolgatanga say armed robbers have labored out a new way of stealing from motorists on the roads of the Upper East regional capital.
The gangsters, according to them, stand well-dressed by means of the roadside and, with pistols hid below their clothes, draw nearer in a friendly manner to any motorcyclist as avenue users are being held at an intersection by way of the red traffic lights.
Once they are shut enough, they start a short chat with the biker with audible greetings. Soon after the dialog begins, they draw out a handgun uncovered solely to their target and whisper a sturdy caution for calm. At that time, onlookers some distance and close to would think that the spectacle (which is in reality a motorway raid) is a normal roadside gathering of historic friends whose paths have crossed again.
Then, they whisper a stern order to the victim to quietly hand over the bike to them and to either remain calm at the spot until they go away with the vehicle or get shot for any gesture of resistance.
“Just recently, a lady used to be using on the Bolgatanga-Navrongo Highway around 7:00pm and a man stopped her around the regional library junction as if they knew every other. One would possibly even suppose the man desired the girl to provide him a ride. The woman stopped. He walked to her and even as he was once speakme with her, the woman bought down from the motorbike. The guy rode the bike away. It used to be after he had long gone a ways out of reach the female started out to wail. She then narrated to a crowd that she had been robbed of her motorbike at gunpoint through a man who stopped her as though he wanted assistance,” an eyewitness (name withheld) told Starr News on Tuesday.
It has additionally been reported that a raid was launched on a biker in a comparable fashion some time in the past around an historical metal bridge that hyperlinks the Bolgatanga Municipality and the Bolgatanga East District.
The Bolgatanga Divisional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent Dela K. Dzansi, suggested the public in a Starr News interview: “If you have other road users around you when you are underneath such an attack, you ought to elevate alarm due to the fact he couldn’t have fired you alone. Or you can jerk up your motorbike for the motorcycle to fly out of your body and fall on the ground. That will confuse the man or woman and you can increase alarm. We will be making the police mount exams at the more than a few site visitors lights. They will be parking there intermittently and be observing.”
Armed robber reportedly lynched at Nyariga
Reports also emerged this month about a failed try through a four-member armed gang to rob at Nyariga, a community in Bolgatanga.
Overpowered by using individuals of the community, the hoodlums fled in distinct directions. One of the armed robbers was overtaken, caught and lynched, in accordance to sources who now fear that the escapees might return with reinforcements from their hideouts to the area and stage a tit-for-tat assault for the killing of one of their own.
About two weeks ago, some guys in masks gunned down two drivers at the Pusu-Namongo area of the Bolgatanga-Tamale Highway and robbed the occupants of the automobiles of large sums of money. Hours later, angry members of the Ghana National Tomato Traders and Transporters Association staged a protest on that toll road because the affected travellers were on a commercial enterprise outing to Burkina Faso to purchase tomatoes. The development caused the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, to order police protection for tomato merchants traveling from Ghana to Burkina Faso.
Just ultimate week, every other armed-robbery incident noticed a cattle supplier killed near Katiu in the Kassena-Nankana West District. There had been a theft raid the preceding day through some armed guys who additionally held some market girls at gunpoint and raped them on the Chiana-Sandema Road.
A serial social-media critic of armed robbers in Chiana, an vicinity in the Kassena Nankana West District, had good fortune on his aspect when some masked guys scaled the fence round his residence and tried to smash in upon coming into the compound.
“The man has been criticising armed robbers on social-media systems and his criticisms have intensified of late due to the fact of the current spate of armed theft attacks in the region. The man and his spouse were absent at the time the men arrived. But his teenagers had been at home. As the guys had been trying to force the foremost door open, one of the adolescents observed it and concept their dad and mom had arrived home.
“But in order to be certain first that the humans at the door had been their mother and father earlier than he would open the door, he walked to the window aspect to take a peep. But he as an alternative saw those men, each of them in a hood (a piece of fabric covering their heads). He grew to be fearful and sounded the alarm. The scream scared off the men. But as they were leaving, they stated the man (their target) used to be lucky that he used to be now not round to have suffered for the social-media remarks he had been passing in opposition to them,”.