The Accra Regional Police Command has launched investigations into the killing of a police officer and one unidentified woman by suspected armed robbers who shot them during a bullion van robbery on Monday morning at Jamestown, a suburb of Accra.
It is also asking for vital information from the public to apprehend the suspects.
“Our crime scene experts have been invited to process the crime scene as part of investigations to get the perpetrators arrested. Meanwhile, anyone with information on the incident should kindly contact the Accra Regional Police Command,” the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command told the media.
The unidentified armed men, on not less than three motorbikes, crossed the bullion van and started shooting sporadically.
In the process, two persons were shot dead instantly – the police officer on escort duty, and an unidentified woman who was affected during the shooting.
The bullion driver sustained injuries and has been sent to the Korle Bu hospital for treatment. Two tellers who were in the bullion escaped unhurt.
The weapon of the policeman was also taken away, together with an unspecified amount of money.
There have been a series of robbery incidents in parts of Accra lately. This has left most residents in a state of heightened fear.
Some of these recent attacks are usually carried out by persons on motorbikes.
Last week, some armed men robbed a forex bureau at Honeysuckle, near the police CID Headquarters at Osu.
Viral videos of the robbery incident showed the burglars indiscriminately firing guns during their operation, in the full glare of bystanders.
There was also another robbery at Pigfarm, another suburb of Accra.
The 34-year-old victim was shot dead by two robbers who were on a motorbike after taking a backpack he was carrying.
Other forms of robbery
A few days ago, the Achimota School District Police Command arrested 43-year-old Richard Bokor for attempted robbery on the GIMPA road.
Police disclosed that the suspect smashed the side glass of a vehicle in an attempt to rob its occupant.
On Saturday night, police shot and injured a suspected robber during a robbery operation at the GIMPA/Fiesta Royal junction in Accra
The police moved to the area to pursue the suspected robbers after receiving a tip-off from a taxi driver who had been robbed by the suspects.
The Ghana Police Service recently advised robbery victims to formally file complaints on their experiences to the nearest police station.
The police served this notice after realizing that a series of robbery cases along major roads in parts of Accra, were only being publicized on social media without being reported at any police station.