3 Fulanis arrested at Kpandai over highway robbery

Police in the Northern Region have arrested three suspected armed robbers at Wiae-Nanjero road at gun point in the Kpandai district of the Savannah region.

Police said the suspects Sumaila Bella aged 30, lmoro Aliu aged 19 and lddirus lddi aged 20 who are all of Fulani descent were identified by almost all the victims in an identification parade held on the day of the robbery.

Suspect Sumaila the police say was seen at the scene some hours before the incident. He was therefore arrested in the early hours on Thursday.

Suspect Imoro according to the police was also arrested at the same time. Suspect Iddirus was arrested later in the day at Kumidi upon information when he attempted to board a tricycle to Salaga.

A search on him revealed two BB cartridges, the police added. During an identification parade, victims identified the men suspects and the roles played by each before and during the incident, police said.

Background

About 1920 hours a distress call received by the Kpandai police from Hon. Thomas Nkpetri, Assemblyman for Wiae area indicated that some mask men were robbing some market women and other road users on the Wiae - Nanjero road at gun point.

A team of policemen were quickly dispatched to the scene on to assist the victims. On police arrival the suspected robbers had fled the scene after their operation. Spot investigations revealed that three out of the five robbers suspected to be Fulani's were holding rifles as the other two were also wielding machetes.

At about 1830 hours same day, the robbers blocked a section of the road which was deplorable also without network and robbed the market women and other road users of various sums of money and mobile phones.

Further enquiries by the police disclosed that Sumaila a Fulani herdsman at Banda was spotted in the early hours at where the incident occurred. Photographs of the scene were taken by police as efforts is underway to get suspect Sumaila arrested to assist investigations.
They are expected to appear before a Tamale circuit court Friday 15,2019.

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