Armed robbers kill teenager at Zebilla

Unidentified gunmen last Monday stormed the Zebilla Market in the Upper East Region amidst sporadic shooting, leading to the death of a pupil of Hariya Junior High School in Zebilla. The broad daylight robbery occurred about 200 metres away from the Zebilla Police Station.

The victim, Musah Hassan, was pronounced dead the same day while receiving treatment at the Zebilla Government Hospital.

The robbers also shot a tricycle operator in the arm through the windscreen, and an expatriate working for a Brazilian contractor working on the Zebilla road was also shot in his right leg.

According to eyewitnesses, the robbers’ operation took place just about 200 metres away from the Zebilla Police Station, but the police did not show willingness to intervene.

No arrest was made.

Meanwhile, residents who were visibly enraged by the posture of the police swamped the station with stones and sticks to vent their displeasure and demand immediate the arrest of the perpetrators.

The latest incident brings to four the number of similar attacks that have occurred in the area within this month.

Speaking on Bolgatanga-based A1 Radio, the Upper East Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, ASP David Fianko-Okyere, said criminal were now invading towns outside the regional capita, Bolgatanga, because measures have been put in place by the police administration to fight crime in Bolggatanga, which was recently under frequent attacks by armed robbers.

He, therefore, gave an assurance of the determination of the police administration to fight crime in the region, and appealed to members of the public to cooperate with the police by volunteering information about suspected criminals that could be useful to the police.

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