"Provide Fortified Armoured Vehicles For Carting Currencies Or Lose Police Escort" - IGP Warns Banks
The Inspector-General of Police James Oppong Boanuh has sent a strong warning to the Association of Banks in the country to provide armoured vehicles to carting their currencies by the close of June 2021 or risk losing police escorts.
The call comes after a young police officer met his untimely death at Adedekpo, a suburb of Jamestown, a community in Accra on Monday at 11 am after some unknown robbers shot him and made away with monies after robbing a van he was protecting.
In a statement by Thinknewsonline.com and signed by the Director of Police, Superintendent of Police (SP), Sheila Abayi-Buckman, said "The IGP is also reminding the Asociation of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, lest the Police withdraws its officers for escort duties"
However, the IGP has directed the Director-General, Criminal Investigation Department to take the investigation into the attack on a bullion van at Adedenkpo, a suburb of James Town in Accra on 14th June 2021, which led to the murder of a police officer.
It said "Preliminary investigation shows that unidentified armed men on a number of motorbikes crossed the bullion van which was on a pay/collection errand at about 1100 hours and shot at the police officer who was on escort duty on the van, killing him instantly"
The statement further revealed that the armed men also fired sporadically in the air and on the driver, who sustained gun wounds and is responding to treatment.
The Police say a hawker was also killed by the armed men when one of the two ladies on the bullion van stepped out and run towards the deceased seller's direction.
It is emerging that both ladies on the van (tellers of Mon Tran) escaped unhurt but were sent to the hospital to be treated for trauma.
Meanwhile, the IGP is making anyone with information on the James Town robbery incident should contact the nearest Police Station or call the Investigation Team on 0262122086, 0244994564 or 0244280001.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith