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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 27 January 2018

Source: Jonathan Ofori

Mobile money agent shot by gunmen in Kumasi

The two unidentified robbers allegedly shot the victim in the rib and made away with GHC7,000 The two unidentified robbers allegedly shot the victim in the rib and made away with GHC7,000

Police are hunting for unidentified gunmen who shot a mobile money agent before they made off with GHC7,000 at Edwenase, near Kwadaso in the Ashanti Regional Capital.

According to eyewitnesses who spoke to XYZ News’ Jonathan Ofori, the two robbers on a motorbike approached the Mobile money point around 1:00 pm on Friday and asked the vendor to hand over his money.

In the process, the victim, eighteen-year-old Silas Boakye was shot in the rib by one of the robbers in an attempt to resist their action.

An amount of GHC 7,000.00, a mobile phone containing unspecified amount of money on the wallet and a bag were made away by the robbers.

The victim, who sustained gunshot wounds after the incident was rushed to the Suntreso Government Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Residents expressed shock as to how the robbers could carry out the dastardly act in such a busy area in the full glare of passers-by.

Three wounded in robbery of Mobile Money Agent at Sahara

In December last year, three persons, including an 11-year-old boy, sustained gunshot wounds after a similar robbery incident at Sahara, near Dansoman in Accra on Thursday afternoon.

No security at Mobile Money Points

Robbery attacks at Mobile Money joints appear to be the new wave of crime at least in Accra, considering that thousands of agents are engaged in it, serving many Ghanaians who are either sending, receiving, or loading money into their wallets.

There is virtually no security at most mobile money joints, despite the huge transactions taking place at some points.

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