Bank worker arrested in connection with bank robbery in Accra - ACP Kwesi Ofori

The Acting Director-General of the Ghana Police Service’s Public Affairs Directorate has disclosed that a bank worker has been arrested in connection with a recent bank robbery.

ACP Kwasi Ofori told the host of Newsfile on the JoyNews channel on Saturday that an arrest was effected “yesterday [Friday] in Accra, involving a bank worker not necessarily a bank staff…we arrested him and a lot has happened in that regard.”

He said they have already started meeting with banks regarding the security arrangements for customers who come in to transact business.

A security analyst at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) Prof Kwesi Aning, who was also on the show said it is time for banks to start interrogating their staff over robberies involving them.

He believes methodical checks ought to be done on both corporate and personal electronic devices used by the workers there to assess information that might have aided such crimes if any.

The KAIPTC Director of Academic Affairs and Research Faculty maintains the police and the banks must adopt rigorous security measures to determine the culpability of bank workers in robbery incidents on persons who may have conducted business at their facilities.
There have been reports of at least four broad daylight robberies in parts of the capital this week. In one instance, the robbers opened fire, leaving a bystander with gunshot wounds.

The robbers in all the incidents made away with huge sums of money.

The brazen nature and style of operation have become a cause for concern for eyewitnesses.

Commenting on the development on Newsfile on Saturday, Prof Aning said, “This lady who withdrew money from the bank, how did criminals know that he had money on her? Are we picking up people within that particular bank, checking their laptops and phone records, or if there is a compromise of such sensitive information to the client.”

He added, “Some really critical questions need to be asked to assure us or those who use the banking facilities that the backgrounds of bank staff are checked, secured, and they are routinely also checked again because [this kind of crimes] raises serious fundamental questions because of the gang-style manner in which this operation was carried.”

The Police Service has announced that it is putting in place urgent additional security measures in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to combat a seeming surge in robbery cases.

The video I saw concerning this particular issue seems like it was planned. Seems like an inside job . I mean it felt like acting the robbers just went to the car with guns pointing elsewhere, they open the doors of the car took the money , all this while their guns pointing elsewhere. They then got on their bikes and left not in a haste, slog like they know there was no cause for alarm

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It is obviously an inside job, and if it really is, my problem is why ~defecate~ where you eat. I mean why destroy a company you work at … how are you going to feed your yourself.

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They’ll get to still work there or be transferred all the while getting a share of the money they stole.

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Oh wow, isn’t the company or banking losing money going to cut down workers and all that

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To me every bank robbery is planned by an insider. Because they squandered monies that they can’t pay back so with that, they will connive with armed robbers or sometimes set the place ablaze

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I remembered reading some news on an armed robbery at some bank. And when the news came, the amount mentioned in the news was far bigger than what they stoled. So the next day the armed robbers sent the money back to a police station

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Probably. I’m just guessing what could be going on in their heads to do something like this.

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Greed, humans are so greedy, we are never content with anything , we always want more of everything! But more doesn’t give comfort it creates other problems

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