Robbery incidents: ‘Ghanaians no longer feel safe; government must up its game’

The Minority in Parliament is urging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to demonstrate leadership in dealing with the recent rise in violent crimes in the country.

The call is in reaction to Monday’s armed robbery attack on a bullion van at Jamestown, which left a policeman and a trader dead.

Addressing the media in Parliament, Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee in Parliament, James Agalga, stressed that the killing of policemen in such attacks was further worsening the police-to-civilian ratio in the country.

“Four more years for Nana [Akufo-Addo] has begun with a rise in crime. Ghanaians no longer feel safe compared to our immediate past. Violent crime-related cases, particularly robbery, are shaking the foundation of our nation, and it is only fair and a duty for us to call on the Nana Akufo-Addo administration to up its game.”

“We are calling on the President, Chairman of the Security Council, Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure the peace and security in a country that has remained an oasis of peace in a troubled region is not compromised.”

Some armed robbers on motorbikes and a taxi cab, on Monday, June 14, 2021, shot to death a police officer and a trader and also injured the driver of a bullion van they attacked at Adedenkpo, a suburb of Jamestown.

The robbers are said to have made away with an undisclosed amount of money aboard the van.

The development adds to the tall list of robbery attacks launched on bullion vans in various parts of the country.

The Ghana Police Service has already announced a GHS20,000 bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the attack.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh has also asked banks to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting money by end of June this year else he will withdraw his men.

The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) in response to the IGP’s demand said it had committed to comply with the latest industry standards in compliance, and certification requirements of Cash in Transit (CIT) operations.

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