Robbers Strike Again! In Tema

Residents of Tema yesterday had their fair share of the ongoing armed robbery attacks in the capital city.

A Lebanese businessman was  shot dead shortly after he went to withdraw cash from Zenith Bank at the Tema Industrial Area Wednesday morning.

The deceased, believed to be in his early 50s was trailed by the armed robbers after he had left the bank at about 11:30 am in his Toyota Corolla vehicle.

An eye witness told journalists  the deceased’s car was blocked by the armed gang who then shot him and bolted with an amount believed to be 200,000 cedis.

The deceased worked  with Delta Agro, a soap-manufacturing company.

The daylight robbery comes barely 24 hours after a similar incident at the North Industrial Area in Accra Tuesday morning, February 27, 2018

Four armed men stormed the Royal Motors at about 8:00am and fired guns. They stole the company’s cash and run off with the CCTV recording.

It followed the arrest of nine suspected robbers in connection to raids at several forex bureaux at Spintex also in Accra.

Yesterday’s incident has heightened  the already  growing fear and insecurity in the country, despite assurances by the police.

Meanwhile government has assured of maximum security protection following heightened fears of insecurity among residents in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the Minister of of State in charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, government will  soon deploy some military personnel to help the police fight armed robbers in the capital.

Speaking about security issues on on Class91.3FM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018,  Mr Acheampong said: “We are looking at the numbers of the police personnel. Obviously the 30,000 to 35,000 is inadequate to protect us and so we are working with Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Finance to get more allocation.

I think they got about 2000 plus or so for the year 2017 and obviously that is not enough, so, Interior and Finance are looking at making room to get more numbers to the police. But in the meantime, to comfort Ghanaians and to provide real solutions or an action to stem the increase in armed robbery, we are going to use the military to beef up the police forces in the new development areas that are springing up…”

Also , Minister for the Interior,  Ambrose Dery who was speaking in parliament indicated that government will acquire helicopters and drones to assist in crime prevention.

He said: “Among the things we are seeking to buy are helicopters and drones. These are the things to give us the capacity to be able to [fight crime]. If helicopter took to the air yesterday and was flying over those guys [armed robbers] they wouldn’t have gotten away.”

 

Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI

Writer’s email: kwaku.boadi@todaygh.com

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