After nearly 72 hours of search, residents of Ekumfi Essakyir in the Central Region arrested one of the robbery suspects involved in the killing of a commercial driver in the area.
The victim, Kobina Arhinful, 36, was shot and killed on the Ekumfi highway by some suspected armed robbers on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Identified only as Mohammed, the suspect was apprehended at a hideout Sunday morning and was re-arrested by the police in the area.
Photos and videos that have emerged on social media spotted the angry residents who flooded the police station demanding his immediate release —as an attempt to end his life.
The footage also saw the suspect being subjected to severe beatings with stones and other projectiles.
Though the Central Regional Police Command has confirmed the arrest, it says that investigations are ongoing.
The command also said security has been beefed up in the area as they pursue other suspects.
Items worth thousands of Cedis were made away by the armed gang as they attacked motorists on that fateful day.
The robbers had fled after police rushed to the scene. The victim was confirmed dead by the officers.
His body has been deposited at the Saltpond Government Hospital.
His vehicle has since been towed to the police station as part of police investigations.
The deceased, who is a native of Breman-Essiam left behind a wife and four children.
Incidents of armed robbery attacks appeared to have heightened in Ghana sparking safety concerns especially on roads and highways.
The West African Network for Peace building (WANEP)’s Early Warning system pegged the number of recorded cases to 80 between January and October this year.
The institution is of the view that retooling security forces could manage the situation.
By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH