Bullion van robberies: Minority demands bi-partisan probe into killing of two cops

Addressing the press on Thursday, James Agalga said the circumstances leading to the death of the two police officers are questionable

The ranking member on Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee, James Agalga, has said the Minority in Parliament is set to file a private members’ motion seeking to have a bi-partisan enquiry to probe the killing of two police officers allegedly linked to the bullion van attacks.

In the first half of 2021, the police recorded four bullion van attacks in Ghana. In three of the incidents, the robbers bolted with cash onboard the vehicles.

In two of the cases, the police officers escorting the van lost their lives.

Two policemen suspected to be involved in the robberies were, according to the Director-General of the Police Public Affairs, DCOP Kwesi Ofori, gunned down during a crossfire with the police at Borteyman, in the Tema West Municipality of the Greater Accra.

Constable Reindolph Gyimah Ansah and Lance Corporal Stephen Kwaku Nyame were pronounced dead on arrival at the Police Hospital.

Addressing the parliamentary press corps on Thursday (17 March), Agalga said the statement detailing the circumstances leading to the death is unclear and requires more probing.

“We take the killings of the two police officers with a pinch of salt. And as a responsible minority charged with the responsibility of oversight over the police, we have decided to file a private members’ motion. And the motion seeks to have a bi-partisan enquiry at the direction of the Speaker of Parliament to probe the circumstances leading to the shooting to death of the two police officers,” Agalga said.

He added: “It suffices to say that the killing of the two [police officers] has now resulted in the situation whereby the police administration would be denied of very crucial evidence in its quest to unravel the mystery surrounding the bullion van robberies in our country. What makes the matter more worrying is the fact that the officers implicated; some of whom are now dead are themselves police officers and that’s what makes a probe or enquiry very compelling.”

Mode of security agencies recruitment

“We [Minority] in time past engaged you [media] on the mode of recruitments into our security agencies and we made it very clear that it appears we have allowed our security agencies to be infiltrated by rogue elements. These are matters that need to be investigated thoroughly in the public enquiry,” he said.

Listen to Agalga in the attached audio below: 

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