Gunmen Raid Forex Bureau Kill Man For GH¢600,000

KILLED! Alhaji Osman Jadad aka Alhaji Sita

Details are emerging about how two armed
robbers on a motorbike killed a forex bureau operator at Dawhenya in Tema and
made away with an amount of GH¢600,000 he borrowed from some friends.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the gunmen shot the forex bureau operator commonly
called Alhaji  Osman Jadad, aka Alhaji Sita,
and his friend in a car. Both were rushed to hospital but the forex bureau operator
died upon arrival.

His friend, who was shot in the chest by the
assailants, survived the attack. The body of the deceased has been deposited at
the morgue of the 37 Military Hospital in Accra pending autopsy.

Confirming the incident, Deputy Superintendent
of Police (DSP) Issah Mohammed Contona, Prampram District Police Commander,
told DAILY
that the deceased received a call from a customer who wanted to
change $80,000 into cedis.

According to DSP Contona, the deceased quickly contacted
some friends, including a casino operator, who arranged for the cedi equivalent
of dollars for him.

He said the supposed customer asked the
deceased to meet him at Dawhenya with the money, adding that Alhaji Sita and three
persons, who helped mobilize the money for him were ambushed on their way to
the town.

“His friends, who brought the money, were
reluctant to transact the business with the supposed customer outside the forex
bureau, but he managed to convince them that they will take a police escort at
the Dawhenya Police Station as a result of the huge amount of money they were
carrying. They agreed to follow him to meet the customer to collect the dollar
equivalent so they could return to Accra,” he said.

He, however, mentioned that for some strange
reason the deceased passed the police station without getting the escort only
to be attacked few metres away.

“As soon as they passed the police station, the
armed robbers struck; they shot two persons in the car, including the forex
bureau operator and ordered the two persons at the back seat to hand over the
money in two bags to them and left,” he explained.

DSP Contona further stated nobody was able to
muster courage to confront the armed robbers, who were firing gunshots
indiscriminately, adding that they bolted on motorbike with the money.

He stressed that the three persons, who gave the money to the deceased, were arrested but granted bail after interrogation. The police chief said investigations were ongoing to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book. He was buried yesterday at the Achimota Cemetery.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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