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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 30 March 2020


Toilet operator shot in abdomen as robbers exploit coronavirus lockdown in Kumasi

Residents at the scene of the shooting Residents at the scene of the shooting

A toilet operator is battling for his life after he was shot by suspected armed robbers at Aboabo-Akurem in Kumasi.

The vicinity came under siege at about 1:40am as the armed gang robbed residents of their valuables in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown which came into force on Monday.

The victim, named as Yakubu Moshi, was shot in the abdomen after he reportedly struggled with the attackers, who had demanded money from him.

“He was seen struggling with the attackers. We thought they were members of the taskforce enforcing the directive. They suddenly asked him to surrender his sales which he refused. We suddenly heard a loud noise which suggests he may have been shot”, a resident told

Another said: “I saw four of them. They have robbed many of their valuables. I thought they were members of the Covid-19 task force but I realised they weren’t after I noticed they were not security operatives”.

The victim is responding to treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital at the time of filing this report.

Pellets of bullets were spotted at the scene when visited as traumatised residents thronged the victim’s home.

Though no arrests have been made, police in Kumasi have since taken over investigations.

Covid-19: Parts of Ghana locked down

Government has announced a partial lockdown in parts of Ghana’s capital, Accra and Kumasi.

The restriction of movement is to contain the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) which has so far infected 152 persons in the country.

Five of the patients have died while two have been discharged, local media reported.

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