Armed robbers raided a mobile money outlet in Bantama, the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi, on Wednesday, making off with an estimated two hundred thousand cedis (GHc 200,000).
At around 7:30 p.m., armed gunmen brandishing handguns burst into the Osuani Boakye Ventures near the famous Bonsam Gyam enclave and requested that the vendors hand over all of the money they had on them.
The C.E.O. Yaw Boakye Dankwah told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote–Fumador that he had withdrawn some 241 thousand cedis for business activities on the day in question.
The distraught businessman explained,
“I am in the super-agent category so other agents come to me for money. The only money I had electronically for the day on my phone was 43 thousand cedis. So if I estimate the amount left plus the other backup funds I had in safe, they made away with almost 200 thousand cedis.”
In tears, he said,
“Ghana is not a good country to work in. Imagine that some robbers came to an open place like Bantama wielding arms and there was no police around nor anyone to help you out. These robbers made away with all the money I have worked my whole life to raise.”
Mr. Boakye Dankwah reported that his CCTV video failed to capture any explicit photographs of the completely masked suspects.
The robbers spoke broken English, according to some eyewitnesses in the region, and they did not appear to be locals.
According to a witness, the criminals also assaulted and looted a man who had come to the business to deposit money at the same time the premises was hit.