The general public and businesses who intend to withdraw or deposit huge sums of money have been urged to seek the necessary assistance from the Ghana Police Service to avoid any likely theft incidents.
The police directive is part of urgent security measures put in place to control recent cases of reported robberies in the Greater Accra region.
At least four daylight flights were recorded in parts of the capital this week.
In one case, the thieves opened fire, leaving a passerby with gunshot wounds.
The thieves in the separate incidents took huge sums of money in the junkyard. The Rambo-style nature of their operation has become a source of concern to eyewitnesses and residents alike.
But the police say they have tightened security measures to deal with the threat.
“We urge public institutions and businesses that intend to withdraw and deposit huge sums of money to exercise caution or contact the police for assistance with such a transaction,” warned a statement signed by the Acting Director General of Public Affairs, ACP Kwesi Ofori.
Police have also placed a financial reward of GHS 50,000.00 for anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of the suspected thugs.
Recorded theft incidents
On Monday, September 20, in Achimota, along the Accra-Amasaman highway, four armed thieves carried out the well-planned and coordinated heist.
The bandits appear to have followed a woman from a bank in Abeka, where she went to withdraw a large sum of money.
Three of the motorcycles surrounded the woman’s vehicle while waiting for the light to turn green.
One of the thieves forced open the driver’s door and pointed his gun at the woman.
She handed over three bags containing money to the thieves without hesitation.
The thieves quickly jumped behind the waiting motorcycles and sped off, leaving the traumatized woman in traffic.
The second incident happened near a bank in Kwashieman on Wednesday, September 22.
A man, who has not yet been identified, was shot in the leg by thieves shortly after he was released from the bank and they stole his money.
However, it is not immediately clear whether he was followed by the thieves or otherwise.
According to a police statement, a 33-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in the amount of 29,000.
The victim escaped unscathed. However, a passer-by suffered injuries after the thieves fired shots.
Accra police are currently pursuing three people, the statement said.
The fourth incident was recorded on Friday morning in the Sampa valley, near the Weija barrier.
As in the previous cases, the victim had just withdrawn a sum of money from a bag when the armed men on motorcycles fired shots and robbed him.