Two police officers die in road crash while chasing armed robbers.

Two police officers have died after a car they were travelling in crashed on the Walewale-Bolgatanga road.

The incident occurred on Thursday while they were pursuing robbers on that stretch.

The deceased officers are Chief Inspector James Akakose Aroma and Corporal Nii Osekle Charles. They died on the spot after the crash.

According to a police report, three other officers, Constable Akanvariwen Daniel, Ezekiel Quarshie Tawiah and Constable Iddrisu Gafaru who were also aboard the vehicle sustained varying degrees of injury and were rushed to the Walewale Government Hospital for medical attention.

Constables Ezekiel Quarshie Tawiah and Iddrisu Gafaru were later referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital due to the severity of the injuries.

“The North East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mr Moses Ali led a team of Senior Police officers to the hospital to visit the victims on admission and efforts are being made to airlift them to Accra for further treatment,” the police said.

Read the full police statement below:

On 21/10/21 at about 1710 hours C/Insp James Akakose Aroma in charge No. 46167 Const. Akanvariwen Daniel, No. 56153 Const. Ezekiel Quarshie Tawiah, No. 55211 Const. Iddrisu Gafaru on board Police Service vehicle No. GP 437 driven by No. 46392 Cpl. Nii Osekle Charles, all of the Special Anti-Robbery Taskforce drawn from Accra and based in Walewale in the North East Region were involved in a fatal road accident on the Walewale – Bolgatanga road.

The Taskforce was responding to an emergency call of robbery attack on passengers on that stretch of the road.

The Chief Inspector and the driver died on the spot. Bodies were deposited at the morgue of West Hospital in Tamale. Constables Ezekiel Quarshie Tawiah and Iddrisu Gafaru were referred from Walewale Govt. Hospital to Tamale Teaching Hospital due to their critical conditions. Const. Akanuariwen Daniel is still on admission in Walewale in stable condition.

The North East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mr Moses Ali led a team of Senior Police officers to the hospital to visit the victims on admission and efforts are being made to airlift them to Accra for further treatment.

The Regional Command wish to assure all police officers in the Region that the Police Administration and the command will do everything possible to give the deceased a befitting burial and the injured person will be given the needed treatment. The armed robbery that occurred will be properly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to book.

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