Five Fulani herdsmen suspected of involvement in a robbery incident on the Duasidan-Yawkrom road, were on Friday, pointed out by victims at an identification exercise organised by the police in Dormaa-Ahenkro.
They are Sumaila Yakubu, 37, Fatau Yakubu, 20, Abudu Seidu, 22, Umaru Mumuni, 30, and Ibrahim Mohammed, 21.
Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Dormaa-Ahenkro, Superintendent Foli Washington, the Dormaa Municipal Police Commander, said on August 4, the herdsmen ambushed a number of commercial vehicles on the Duasidan-Yawkrom road, attacked the passengers, mostly traders, returning from the market to their various destinations and robbed them of various sums of monies and personal belongings.
Supt. Washington said the herdsmen, wielding two single-barreled guns, clubs and a knife, had taken advantage of the day being a market day to attack the commuters.
He said the command had increased patrols from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and reactivated the neighbourhood watchdog committee, in conjunction with assembly members and community leaders.
Supt. Washington said the police had intensified patrols in the Duasidan area along the border with Cote d’ Ivoire and mounted entry and checkpoints to inspect vehicles, entering from the border.
He advised members of the public to be vigilant and assist the police to fight crime by reporting suspicious characters in their communities to members of the assembly and unit committees, as well as the chiefs, for interrogation.
He said the police would embark on sensitisation programmes on security and safety issues for churches, schools and mosques as part of measures to fight crime and maintain law and order.