A bullion van carrying an unspecified amount of money from Manso Asaaman to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region came under attack last week Friday by armed robbers who succeeded in seizing money packaged in two metal boxes.
This was after they had killed the cashier accompanying the van, and also disarmed the two policemen escorting the vehicle, and took away their fully loaded rifles. Each magazine of the stolen rifle was loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.
Information gathered by The Chronicle from the ground has it that on the fateful day, at about 14:30hrs, the bullion van, which was shuttling between Manso Asaaman and its environs to some banks in Kumasi, came under armed attack at Manso Mem Junction.
The Toyota Hilux bullion van, with registration number GE 3978-20, driven by Antwi Bosiako of Agate Mabot Security Company, had two armed policemen, No. 36699 Sergeant Enock Kwame Teye and No 42820 Cpl Felix Agyei Agyeman, both from the Kumasi Central Band Unit, as escorts.
At the Manso Mem junction, seven men, four wearing facemasks wielding AK47 assault rifles, and the remaining three armed with pump action guns, opened fire indiscriminately on the bullion van.
After subduing the armed policemen and killing the cashier on the spot, they carried away both loaded rifles with 30 rounds of ammo in each magazine, and an unspecified amount of money in two metal boxes.
The driver of the bullion van, Antwi Bosiako, and Cpl Agyei Agyeman, who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the St Martin’s Hospital for treatment.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, confirmed the robbery when contacted by The Chronicle.
He revealed that the Regional Command had taken over the case, but no arrest has been made.