Police launch investigation into GCB bullion van attack

By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Accra, Aug. 20, GNA – The Ghana Police
Service has begun investigation into alleged robbery attack on GCB bullion van
last Tuesday at Afram Plains in the Eastern Region and disturbances that ensued
after the attackers, involving two police officers, escaped.

“The police have commenced investigation
into the entire incidents on the front of the robbery attack, arrest and escape
as well as public disorder and disturbances,” COP Prosper Kwame Agblor,
Director General of Police Investigation Department told journalists on Friday.

“The conduct of the police officers involved
in the robbery and those involved in the arrest and escort of the suspects will
be subjected to a thorough investigation,” he said “and anyone found to have
mis-conducted himself or herself accordingly punished.”

He said the police would pursue rioters at
Donkorkrom and Tiase [where riots sparked] until the perpetrators were arrested
and prosecuted, adding “no single person who has a hand in this act of
criminality will escape the wrath of the law.”

Residents of the area clashed with police on
Thursday after inhabitants staged a demonstration to register their anger over
the escape of two police officers and a civilian, who were arrested in the
failed GCB Bank bullion car robbery.

The police vowed to clamp down on what they
called “evil behaviours” in the society and would use the incident in
Donkorkrom as a test case.

COP Agblor said the practice of attacking
police offices, accommodation facilities and logistics with impunity were
becoming provocative and rampant and must be stopped.

“What the people who engaged in these
shameful acts fail to recognize is that these attitudes affect the development
of their communities,” he said.

He also warned that “communities which
attack their police and damage their police stations will suffer a close down
of their stations, and will not to be reopened until they have renovated or
reconstructed them at their own expense.”

He assured the pubic that Donkorkrom was
calm following deployment of police personnel from the Formed Police Unit,
Counter Terrorist Unit and other action units in the area to maintain law and
order.

“We wish to entreat the residents of Afram
Plains to remain calm as investigation into the incident continues.”

GNA

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