A police officer was killed on June 22, 2023, in an attack on a bullion van at a gas station in the Ablekuma Fanmilk neighborhood of Accra, according to the police.
At the time of the attack, the deceased was sitting in front of the white van.
He was shot multiple times by one of the four assailants, who fled with two bags whose contents are still unknown before he was killed.
The group of four attacked two motorcycles in broad daylight, frightening nearby people and customers at the gas station.
Here are the top five things we currently know about the incident.
During the attack
Despite the fact that the incident was reported to the media in the late afternoon, eye witnesses indicate that it actually occurred at around 1:30 pm, which is supported by a statement from Star Oil.
In a statement, the oil company said that it was “deeply saddened to announce an armed robbery attack at our Ablekuma Fanmilk station on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at approximately 1:30 PM.”
What the assailants stole
Our analysis of CCTV footage revealed that the burglars made off with two bags, the contents of which are currently unknown.
The van had barely arrived to collect money when the attack was started, Star Oil further affirmed in their statement.
In their statement dated June 22, they emphasized that “the robbers attacked the van a few minutes after it arrived for cash collection at the station.”
Officer only given his first name
The killed policeman, who was pulled from the van after the criminals fled, has been officially certified dead.
Even though the brief police report on the incident only gave a partial name for him, Star Oil’s statement gave Amoah as the only name.
Police start looking for robbers.
In their statement made hours after the crime, the police revealed that a manhunt was underway for the killers, in contrast to several social media rumors that the police had apprehended the robbers.
The statement added, “The Police are on a manhunt to apprehend a gang of four robbers who attacked a bullion van at Ablekuma Fanmilk, a suburb of Accra, and shot the Police escort who, sadly, passed away.”
Witnesses discuss the operation
Eyewitnesses who were there throughout the operation described it to the media, saying that among other things, the sound of multiple gunshots caused them to flee and seek cover.
Most people hurried to the spot after the criminals fled, where they saw the policeman slumped in the car seat.
One of the witnesses told Metro TV news that “some of the people carried him there and rushed him to the hospital.”
See the complete statement from Star Oils below.
Bullion van was attacked by armed robbers at the Star Oil Ablekuma Fanmilk Station.
Ghana’s Accra on June 22, 2023 Star Oil is very sorry to inform you that on June 22, 2023, at around 1:30 PM, there was an armed robbery at our Ablekuma Fanmilk station. A little while after the van arrived at the station for cash collection, the thieves opened fire on it.
In order to support police investigations, we want to reassure all of our clients and the broader public that as a responsible organization, we have sufficient security mechanisms at our stations.
We take advantage of this occasion to caution the public from sharing unconfirmed accounts of the incident.
Following additional discussions with the Ghana Police, we will offer further information on this occurrence.
We want to send the family of the slain police officer our deepest condolences.