The police has arrested two men suspected to be part of a gang of armed robbers who attacked the Upper Amenfi Rural Bank at Jukwa near Wassa Akropong on the 27th of June 2022.
The suspects, Tahiru Issaka, alias Red; and Yahuza Mohammed, were arrested at hideouts in two different locations in the Ashanti region on 25 August 2022.
One other person, who was shot during the operations and died later, was identified by the two suspects as Gafar Ziyech Abdul alias Stone, the leader of the gang.
These suspects, and three other accomplices, according to the police, attacked the bank on 27 June 2022, disarmed the security guard on duty, assaulted two of the bank staff and made away with an unspecified amount of money and a pump-action gun.
The robbers also shot one other person who attempted to mount a roadblock to prevent them from escaping.
The police said when the robbers realised they were being pursued by their officers, they set their vehicle ablaze and abandoned it to avoid being traced.
The combined effort of the Western, Ashanti and the Bono East Regional Police Intelligence directorates over an eight-week period led to the arrest of the suspects in the Ashanti region.
The police has, so far, retrieved four vehicles, including the one that was set ablaze and abandoned by the robbers, as well as a motorbike, two pistols and a quantity of ammunition.
The police administration commended the intelligence officers in the Western, Ashanti and Bono East Regions for their hard work and collaborative efforts, which led to the breakthrough in the investigations toward solving the case.
The two suspects are currently in police custody and the pursuit of the other accomplices continues.
The police has assured the public that these criminals can run but cannot hide, as they will be fished out and arrested.