Suspected armed thieves seized a government car at gunpoint in a town near Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.
The vehicle, a Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) pickup truck, was reportedly robbed after its two occupants were forced out in Jisonayili, a hamlet in Sagnarigu District.
One of the two people who ambushed the vehicle’s passengers broke in through one of the doors and forced the passengers out under duress.
The bandits immediately changed the license plates and drove away. The man who pretended to fall off his bike got into a car with his coworkers.
The Northern Regional Police Command, according to the article, has already launched an investigation.
According to Regional Crime Officer Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga, all highway enforcement units have been notified, and the region’s exits have been closed.
“There was a robbery that was reported around 1 am when a Toyota Hilux Pickup with registration number GH 6207-20 belonging to the Ghana Highway Authority was snatched from the driver at gunpoint,” he said.
He also stated that a manhunt for the alleged criminals, who are most likely members of a car-snatching ring, has begun.
“We believe most of them are coming from since locations and going round taking vehicles like that because our high ways have been inundated with police officers, especially at night and so we see that they are not seeing their way clearly,” the crime officer said.
In this area, car theft on the highways is not uncommon. In January of this year, Tamale police detained a man in military uniform and five others for allegedly stealing cars from civilians in the community.
The man in the military uniform allegedly assists the other five suspects in stealing cars from citizens on Tamale’s Buipe Highway.