The deputy education minister Dr Osei Adutwum has been attacked by highway robbers on the Bolga-Kumasi highway.
The police said the robbers numbering about seven-shot into the vehicle of the minister while taking other passengers and drivers under siege near Sarikyikura on the Tamale Buipe highway.
The Northern region police command has mounted a search for the group of robbers.
“Five persons sustained gunshot wounds and are receiving treatment at the Tamale Teaching hospital. The robbers also shot into the vehicle of the Deputy Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Osei Adutum who was traveling from Bolga to Kumasi,” a police statement said.
The incident happened on 22/07/19 at about 17:30 hours and the police highway patrol team was called in but the suspects managed to escape into the bushes as soon as they saw police arrive. The bushes were searched extensively by the police but could not find the robbers.
According to the victims, the suspects numbered about seven all dressed in military-like uniforms. They fired indiscriminately at a cargo truck travelling from Buipe market to Damango with the passengers on board injuring five (5) person in the process. Victims are receiving treatment at Tamale Teaching hospital.
“Police in the region is conducting serious investigation into the incident and therefore calling on the public to assist with the information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. Whoever has any information that could lead to the identification or arrest of the suspects should contact the police for necessary action. Persons with information can contact the police on the following numbers: 0299200331 or 0244506017,” the police said.