- There was chaos at the Tesano traffic intersection in Accra following a robbery attempt
- Suspected robbers on a motorbike snatched an envelope containing GH¢14,300 from a man in a taxi
- The money got spilt after a car knocked down the robbers leading to a fierce scramble by onlookers for the cedi notes
An attempt by two suspected robbers to snatch a man's cash caused a disorder at a traffic intersection at Tesano in Accra last Tuesday morning as they made a fruitlessly tried to escape with it.
The snatched money said to be totalling GH¢14,300 got strewn on the road leading to a fierce scramble for the cedi notes by onlookers.
Tens of hawkers and pedestrians reportedly pushed and shoved each other in a bid to have a share of the scattered notes leaving only GH¢ 7,200 for the man after the police arrived.
This was disclosed by the public relations officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Mrs Afia Tenge, according to a report YEN.com.gh sighted in the Daily Graphic.
DSP Tenge who said the incident happened at about 11 a.m narrated that the victim, (name withheld), was standing at the Tesano bus stop with the money in an envelope but unknown to him the suspected robbers, Endurance Duro, 28, and Chimedia Bright, both Nigerians, were monitoring him.
Later, when the victim stopped a taxi and boarded it, Duro and Bright trailed him with a motorbike.
Mrs Tenge said the taxi stopped when the lights at a traffic intersection turned red. Duro, who was the pillion rider allegedly pounced on the victim and snatched the envelope containing the money and attempted to speed off.
Another taxi driver who saw what was going on, knocked down the two suspected robbers on the motorbike and in the process, the envelope fell and the money scattered on the road.
Unfortunately, hawkers and other road users, including commercial vehicle drivers, shopkeepers and pedestrians, instead of helping the victim to gather the scattered notes, rather scrambled for the money, which was in various denominations.
The stunned victim raised an alarm leading to the arrest of Duro, while Bright, who was the rider, managed to escape.
But for the timely arrival of the Tesano police who were close by, Duro would have been lynched by a mob.
Duro was injured and taken to the Police Hospital but has since been treated and discharged.
Mrs Tenge said he had been placed in police custody while investigations continued.
She warned the public against taking advantage of crime scenes to loot instead of assisting victims and served notice that, "such persons, when arrested, would be prosecuted for stealing."
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