Highway men gun down prison officer, colleague injured

The deceased, Nana Yaw Antwi

The deceased, Nana Yaw Antwi

Armed robbers on Monday morning shot and killed an officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, at Akowa, near Atebubu and Yeji, in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

According to reports, the deceased Assistant Chief Officer of Prisons Nana Yaw Antwi, and his colleague Sergeant (Sgt) Paul Gyan, were shot by the highway men through the windscreen of Nissan Patrol Vehicle with registration number GM-9876-16 in which they were travelling.

Sgt. Gyan, who received gunshot wounds and was in critical condition, was reported to be receiving treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Johann Nartey, Brong-Ahafo Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Prisons, who confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times, said that the incident happened around 5am on Monday.

He indicated that the officers were returning from Kwame Danso in Atebubu Amanten District, in Brong-Ahafo,  to Accra, after attending a wedding, when they were attacked by four armed robbers, who wielding guns.

The PRO said the robbers, who had laid ambush on the stretch of road, attacked their victims, rob them of their valuables and shot at them, killing Nana Yaw Antwi instantly, and leaving Sgt Gyan injured.

ASP Nartey said the Atebubu Amanten area has become a den for criminals, adding that the gunmen after the incident fled into the bush.

He said the Atebubu Police upon receiving information about the incident, went to  the scene and foung Sgt. Gyan injured and sent him to the Mampong Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region, but was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

ASP Nartey said the body of Nana Yaw, who was a driver of the Prison Service, had been deposited at Yeji Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.

The Atebubu Amanten District Police Commander Superintendent Dzinaku also confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times.

Last year, a similar incident occurred where Constable Edwin Eklu was killed by highway robbers when escorting traders there.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Atebubu

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