More armoured bullion vans have been imported into the nation, according to Bank of Ghana (BoG) Governor Dr. Ernest Addion, in an effort to lower the frequency of robberies against the trucks.
For the bullion vehicles to be freed, he claimed that the Interior Minister must grant his or her consent.
He stated that the BoG does not anticipate hearing any more reports of fatal robbery attacks on bullion vehicles while responding to questions during the 113th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) news conference on July 24 in Accra.
He said that their release required authorisation from the Ministry of Interior.
Dr. Addison further mentioned that a large number of banks in Ghana are following the order about the armoured bullion van.
Many banks are following the instruction, he claimed.
Recall that in 2021, the central bank issued a regulation requiring all financial institutions to purchase sophisticated protection vans; in the absence of compliance, the Bank of Ghana declared it would not permit any subpar or soft-skinned Cash in Transit (CIT) vehicles into any of its locations nationally.
However, shortly after the James Town robbery incident on a currency van, in which a police officer was murdered and another bystander was wounded by a stray bullet, this deadline was extended to July 1, 2023.
Following a string of robberies targeting police personnel escorting subpar automobiles for cash transfers, the Inspector General of Police threatened to no longer escort any vehicles without the required safety measures for police officers.
Recently, a Bullion van was ambushed at Ablekuma, Accra, which resulted in the death of an officer.
The cop was shot many times at close range while doing his duties in front of a bullion waggon.
An attempted robbery at the Star Oil Filling Station in the Accra suburb of Ablekuma Fan Milk before the tragic occurrence.
The bullion van went to refuel at the petrol station, where the gunfight took place, and the four thieves are reported to have followed it.
The police stated in a statement that they were searching for a group of four bandits who they believe assaulted a bullion truck in the Accra suburb of Ablekuma Fanmilk and fatally shot a police escort.
“The family of our departed coworker in particular, as well as all Police Service employees generally, are in our prayers and thoughts.
“We want to reassure the public that we will definitely have the robbers apprehended so they can answer for their crimes.”