Ghana Bullion Van theft: Ghana’s IGP threatens to withdraw escorts, asks banks to “secure armored bullion vans”
Ghana police are ordering banks across the country to secure armored vans for transporting bulk cash by the end of June.
Police Inspector General James Oppong-Boanuh said they would pull the police escort out of the banks and fail to secure the appropriate armored vans for transporting bulk cash.
“The IGP reminds the Bankers Association that they must provide fortified armored vehicles for the transport of dema currencies by the end of June 2021, as previously agreed between the dem and the police department, otherwise the police will withdraw dema agents for escort missions, ”he said in a statement.
The directive came on Monday after a daylight robbery where armed thieves atop okada open fire on an ingot van, kill a policeman guarding the van.
Another passerby who cut off her shop also cut a stray bullet and died, the driver of the bullion van was injured but was treated in hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the thieves pass a van for Adedenkpo inside James Town, start rote shots and shoot an officer in the head.
Money in transit for banks
In December last year, after a meeting, the Bank of Ghana and the directors of treasury operations requested all depository institutions (DTIs) to acquire armored bullion vans for treasury operations.
Disregard incidents of theft of ingot vans in transit.
They order to face any thin skinned vans they replace with appropriate ballistic resistance ingot vans.
Six months later, the vans do not really change, new attacks on ingot vans resulting in the deaths of unsuspecting victims.
Ingot Vans Burglary Attacks
In January of this year, armed robbers attacked an ingot van for Fomena, in the Ashanti region, where they stole 500,000 Ghc.
Dem kill Police under attack, police arrest 5 suspects in connection with a robbery incident.
Another attack on an ambulance occurred in Koforidua in March of the year when thieves killed the ambulance driver, Abraham Tetteh, in a burglary due to the ambulance error for the van. ingots.
In addition, another incident on the road to Accra Spintex around March when armed thieves attack an ingot van in one of the suburbs of Spintex, their assailant is the driver.
In May 2020, 4 armed thieves attacked an ingot van for Techiman, they stole more than 600,000 Ghc.
Many other similar incidents of theft are commonplace in Ghana due to the weak nature of the bullion vans that banks use.
Call for IGP’s resignation due to increase in theft attacks
Calls have intensified from some Ghanaians and security analysts for IGP James Oppong-Boanuh to step down due to the level of insecurity under his leadership.
In the last two weeks alone, three daytime robberies, one of which is one meter from the police headquarters.
Thieves who operate in daylight typically use bicycles and okada guns to steal the leak.
Some roads in parts of the city, like Achimota Forest, also become auto theft areas where armed thieves attack and steal cars at night.
Ghana Police officials say they are stepping up security activities to increase security in Ghana in order to increase the crime rate, which is happening.