Police personal, who were escorting two armed robbers to a location of other armed robbers hiding weapons near Bole in the Savannah Region, exchanged gunfire with the suspects after the robbers opened fire on the police.

The police returned fire, and in the process, bullets hit suspects from Sawla called Iddrisu and Dramani Iddi who fell and bled profusely and later died at the Jemma Hospital in the Bono East Region.

According to a source, on October 20, 2021, a team of personnel from the Police Intelligence Directorate arrived in the Bono East Region and met with some informants who gave information about the suspects behind recent highway robberies and kidnappings within and around the Bono East and Savannah Regions especially Bole, Banda Nkwanta, New Longro, and their adjourning communities.

The team proceeded to Sawla in the Savannah Region, and while there, the team had a tip-off of that one Ali Igudu, a notorious armed robber and the leader of the robbery gang at Sawla, who together with others, robbed and murdered Alhaji Ousman Amadu at Nyame Sikri, a village near Bole was hiding in a location and mobilising other robbers to embark on another robbery along with the Bole to Banda- Nkwanta highway.

The intelligence also indicated that suspect Igudu after robbing and murdering Alhaji Ousman Amadu, also murdered Fuseini Galagala, an informant who assisted police in killing one of his accomplices and arrested one other in that robbery and murder case.

The police team swiftly moved to the said location at Sawla and arrested suspect Igudu who told the police that the weapons they used in their robbery expeditions were with suspect Iddrisu.

Suspect Igudu subsequently led police to arrest suspect Iddrisu, an amputee, at a different location within Sawla.

Suspect Iddrisu also told police that the weapons were with suspect Ali Dramani at Bole Sawaba.

The team proceeded and arrested suspect Dramani Iddi at Bole Sawaba, and on interrogation, he admitted and told police he had gone to hide the weapons at a footpath at the outskirts of the Bole along with the Bole to Banda-Nkwanta road due to their pending operation.

Whilst the police were escorting them to the said location at Bole to retrieve the weapons, their accomplices had information about the arrest and the presence of strange vehicles and became alert due to a call placed to them.

When the Police team got close to the location near Bole, the suspects asked the police to stop the vehicles and walk with them as the vehicles could not be driven through the footpath.

When the Police team escorting the suspects got close to the location, their accomplices immediately opened fire on the police. In the midst of the confusion, the suspects, leading police, suddenly ran into a nearby bush in different directions.

The police returned fire, and in the process, bullets hit suspects Iddrisu and Dramani Iddi, who fell and bled profusely.

However, other suspects, including suspect Ali Igudu, managed to escape into a nearby bush as the team was conveying the injured suspects to the Jemma Government Hospital for treatment, suspect Dramani Ali mentioned his accomplices as Ali Igudu and Iddrisu.

The bodies of the deceased suspects have been deposited at the same hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy. At the same time, efforts are being made to locate suspect Ali Igudu, who escaped with a gunshot wound for his arrest.

The Savannah Regional police command is yet to speak about the case.

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