It was about 2:30 pm on Friday, September 11, when seven armed men, four of them hooded, attacked a bullion van at Manso Mem in the Amansie West District of Ashanti and made away with two large metal cases said to contain cash meant for distribution to banks around Kumasi.
Amidst indiscriminate shooting, the robbers also left a cashier, identified only as Attakorah, 35, dead from gunshot wounds, while one of two policemen escorting the Toyota Hilux bullion with registration number GE 3978-20, Cpl. Felix Agyei Agyeman of the Kumasi Central Police band, and the driver, Antwi Boasiako of Agate Mabot security company, sustained serious gunshot wounds.
The other police escort, Sgt. Enock Kwame Teye also of the Kumasi Central Police band escaped unhurt, however, the robbers managed to seize the two policemen’s AK47 rifles loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition each.
A preliminary police situation report sighted by Graphic Online indicates that while Attakorah, the cashier died on the spot, the two injured men were sent to the St. Martin’s Catholic Hospital pending referral to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
The report says the bullion was on its way from Manso Asaaman and its environs on its way to various banks in Kumasi when on reaching the mid-section of the road at Manso Mem Junction, they were attacked.
According to the report, “they were attacked by seven armed men with four of them wearing facial masks wielding AK 47 assault rifle and pump-action guns (.) Amidst indiscriminate firing, the robbers succeeded in robbing them of unspecified sums of money concealed in two big metal boxes and the two AK47 rifles loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition each on the policemen (.)”
The report further said that the Regional Police Command has commenced investigations into the incident and has thus deployed its intelligence to gather credible information to unravel the circumstances of the heinous crime and get the perpetrators apprehended and also retrieve the two service AK 47 rifles.