Including the recent Jamestown attack on a bullion van, MyNewsGh.com has compiled 5 “successful” robbery operations against Bullion vans in which the police officers died with one surviving under dramatic circumstances but lost his rifle and took some slaps from four robbers.
In some of the cases, the robbers involved were apprehended while others are still under various levels of investigations.
The cases include the Bullion van robbery in Fomena in which the escort police officer of killed instantly, an ABSA bank bullion robbery in Techiman where the officer was shot in the chest and shoulder, a Baatsona bullion van robbery in which the officer run for his life when the robbers fired the first shot, a GCB Bullion Van robbery in Nyakumasi Adansi Asokwa where the robbers shot the police officer and an ADB bullion Van robbery at Sefwi Wiawso in which the police officer was shot and died shortly before arrival at the hospital.
ADB van and the death of Sargeant Chikudo
Starting from the very last, a young policeman, General Sergeant Emmnauel Chikudo was killed by armed robbers when they attacked an Agricultural Development Bank Bullion van at Sefwi Wiawso area of the Western North Region.
Sergeant Emmanuel Chikudoh and his team were escorting the bullion van to an ADB Bank branch at Sefwi Wiawso when the robbers who had been trailing for a long time and had an advance team ahead opened fire on the bullion van at Sefwi Asempanye at about 11am as MyNewsGh.com reported at the time.
The robbers were only two but believed to have had assistance in pulling it off. They were holding pump-action guns at the outskirt of 290 community near Sefwi Asempaneye when the van approached and they opened fire.
The police team which was dispatched to the area after the attack on discovered Sergeant Chikudoh with gunshot wounds on the head.
ABSA Bank attack
Four armed robbers, this year, attacked and robbed an ABSA Bank bullion van carrying an unspecified amount of cash from Techiman to Sunyani at gun point at the outskirt of a village called Maapehia, in the Bono East Region, as MyNewsGh.com filed then.
The robbers shot the driver in the head and assaulted the police escort seizing his AK 47 service rifle. They shot him when he resisted handing over his rifle but he survived the shot. They bolted with an estimated GH₵638,000.
The operation took place around 5:30 pm when the ABSA bullion van with registration number GT-3181-W, owned by Absa Techiman branch, was carrying the money.
It had Lance Corporal Yussifi Abubakar, a cash boy and a driver, heading towards Sunyani, but on reaching the outskirt of Maapehia, the robbers opened fire on the van.
The robbers brought out the safe containing the money being conveyed, opened it and took away the money, leaving behind smaller denominations on the street in the community in Robin Hood style.
Police was able to trace some members of the gang when a pastor claimed ownership for the vehicle used in the operation.
In Nyankumasu, a small community in the Adansi Asokwa District, the shock of this particular robbery incident 21st January 2021 is still yet to abate when unidentified armed robbers attacked a GCB bank van.
The robbers trailed the car to the lone street in the community where they struck, shooting dead the police officer accompanying the van on a motorbike.
Witnesses said they rushed to the scene after dozens of gunshots were heard, only to find the policeman in a pool of blood motionless.
Another security man and a staff in the van were not spared, they were shot at close range but fortunately, they survived the attack
The robbers bolted with an unspecified amount of money
After robbing the GCB van, the robbers attacked another Hyundai car that unknowingly chanced on the scene.
Killed in Fomena
Another policeman this year, who was on escort duty on the Adansi Fomena road in the Ashanti Region was killed by 10 armed robbers who descended on a Bullion van he was escorting.
The 10 men shot Lance Corporal Martin Babah in the neck, in the chest and torso. He bled and died.
The van, with registration number GT 543-19 was being driven by Eric Amoah, 36-years and Emmanuel Boateng, 33 years, who are both personnel of the Delta Security Services.
During the incident that occurred around 10:30 am on the section of the road between Obuasi and Adansi Asokwa Junction at the outskirts of Adansi Nyankumaso Community, the robbers reportedly made away with an amount of GH¢500,000 which was in the van, and the AK 47 assault rifle belonging to Mr. Babah.
Suspected inside job
In this case, there was suspicion from all sides when armed robbers in a broad daylight operation attacked a bullion van carrying an unspecified amount of money belonging to CAL Bank this year.
The robbery operation took place behind Danpong Hospital and in front of Harvest Christian Academy on the Spintex Road, Baastona. At the back of the hospital, the road is unmotorable and untarred where usually a bullion van shouldn’t use.
According to a police report intercepted by MyNewsGh.com at the time, at about 3:30pm that day, police control received a call about the robbery where onlookers had gathered.
Eyewitnesses account was that at about 3:30pm, the bullion van was seen coming from Danpong Hospital direction ahead of a black Toyota Camry towards the main Addogonno road linking Baatsonaa and Nungua.
Just opposite the Harvest Academy, the black camry overtook the bullion van and abruptly stopped. One of the occupants quickly came down and gave a warning shot into the air and quickly, the driver of the bullion van and one other got down and escaped through the school leaving only the Police Officer in the car.
According to Eyewitness account, the Policeman was ordered out of the bullion van by the robbers who numbered four. They assaulted him with a mallet and ordered him to lie down on the road. They disarmed him and took away his Service rifle.
They broke the safe and took away money being conveyed from a construction site to Cal Bank.
The officer was unharmed.