UK journalist murder: Government commends police for swift response

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The government has commended the police for their swift response in arresting persons suspected to have been involved in a robbery attack that led to the death of international journalist, Syed Taalay Ahmed on the Tamale-Buipe Highway last week.

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, commiserating with the victims family urged the new IGP and his team to deepen efforts to curb the incidents of crime, robberies and homicides recently reported in other parts of the country.

“Additionally, outstanding crimes of similar nature under investigation should be completed and perpetrators brought to book in good time,” he said.

A six-member robbery gang linked to the gruesome killing of the journalist was seized along the Kintampo-Tamale-Buipe highway, authorities say.

A statement issued by the Ghana Police Service on Sunday, August 29, 2021 however said two of the suspects –Hamidu Umaru and Haadu – were shot dead during a fierce gun battle with a Police Intelligence and Operational team.

Four others namely; Saaju Bukari, Bertor Saabi, Ali Amadu, Isaad Seidu were also arrested during the special operation, according to the police statement.

The robbery attack on that stretch led to the death of Syed Taalay Ahmed Sahib. Police say its preliminary investigations suggests that the suspects “were behind many robberies including the killing of International Journalist some days ago.

“The Intelligence-led operations by the Special Anti-Robbery Taskforce led to the retrieval of 2 locally manufactured pistols and live cartridges, machetes, bayonets, pepper spray cans and stun guns. Some suspected stolen items were retrieved and they include mobile phones and motorbikes”, the police statement said.


Syed Taalay Ahmed Sahib, a journalist with Muslim TV, MTA International, was killed by unknown assailants on the Tamale-Buipe highway in Northern Ghana.

His employers, MTA International in a tweet described the late journalist as “devoted” and “sincere”.

Already the Ghana Police Service has intensified operations on that enclave as part of measures to tackle crime up North.

“The Police Administration has instituted some rigorous measures to effectively combat serious crimes that have plagued the area over the past few years”. “The general public is advised to collaborate with the police by providing credible information on suspected criminals for swift and immediate action”, the police noted.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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