At a media briefing in Tamale, Deputy Northern Regional Police Commander DCOP Moses A. Atibilla said a joint operation by the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the local police patrols led to their arrest of Andani Yakubu, 30, and Alhaji Abdul Salam.
He said the team was responding to a shooting incident at Bagliga Dakpemyili, a village near Tamale.
“The suspects were arrested with one AK-47 assault rifle loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition, a pump action gun loaded with 5 cartridges and a bulletproof vest.”
He added: “The two were arrested in a Hyundai Santa 4×4 car with registration number GW 3225-16.”
The police through investigation have also arrested one other suspect, Yapalsi Naa Alhaji Aminu Ayuba, who allegedly hired the two to lay ambush to kill a rival chief.
A search conducted at suspect Andani’s house revealed an empty AK-47 magazine, a locally manufactured jackknife and a locally manufactured gun.
They have since been arraigned before the Tamale District Court, where they were remanded into police custody to reappear on Monday, May 31.
In a related development, two suspected armed robbers believed to be of Fulani extraction have also been arrested by the Northern Regional Police Command.