From John Bediako, Tema
The Chronicle’s investigation into the killing of a Malian Forex Bureau operator on Tuesday, this week, has revealed that it was the climax of a grand scheme rehearsed for two weeks to rob the deceased, Haruna Jaffah.
The latter, who was brought from Mali by his senior brother to take care of the Forex Bureau, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on a motorbike at Dawhenya in the Ningo Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.
The paper established that for well over two weeks, a certain Alhaji, a customer, had been calling Jaffah with a request to supply him with the cedi equivalent of US$90,000. The operator, who was not having that huge sum of money, fell on his colleagues in Accra to raise that amount.
Around midday on Tuesday, the Alhaji called again, and this time, the colleagues in Accra managed to put together the requested amount.
The Alhaji reportedly suggested to the deceased that since the amount involved was huge and that it was not safe conveying from the bureau after changing, the operator should rather meet him with the money at the Dawhenya Police Station to transact their business.
From the BILAL Forex Bureau at Devtraco Junction in Community 25 on the Tema-Aflao highway, four persons, including Haruna Jaffah, sat in his Honda Civic with registration number GM 74-14, being driven by the deceased himself, and headed in the direction of the police station, a distance of about two kilometres.
At the Methodist Junction, a kilometre from the station, the occupants noticed a motorbike with two persons was trailing their vehicle. It is not clear if the panic resulted in Haruna missing the police station and driving to the Dawhenya township.
An eyewitness account had it that the gunmen discharged a number of pellets, which penetrated the body of the car, and also succeeded in deflating some of the tyres, thereby immobilising it, resulting in the car eventually running into a nearby gutter.
The gunmen gave several warning shots, apparently to ward off any intrusion, while their motorbike also ran into same gutter. A pellet penetrated the ribs and heart of Haruna, who died instantly.
One person in the front passenger seat was also shot in the arm. The rampaging gunmen took a big bag containing the money, said to be in both cedis and CFA francs, all amounting to GH¢600,000.
One of the two at the back of the car managed to run into a nearby seamstress shop to take cover with another bag stuffed with money, whilst his colleague escaped.
The eyewitness stated that as fear gripped them, she and her workers took cover under tables.
According to her, when the gunmen managed the remove their motorbike from the gutter and were departing, they saw the inscription POLICE on their helmets.
The police at Prampram, when contacted, said a full-scale investigation was underway to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.
At the time the paper visited the scene, the families and friends of the late Haruna Jaffah were making frantic efforts to have the body released to them for burial according to Islamic rites, which would be done on today.
The Ningo Prampram District has become notorious for the murders.
Late last year, the Mankralo of the Prampram Traditional Area, Nene Atsure Benta, was assassinated between Appolonia and Afienya on his way from a meeting at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs in Dodowa.
On the 13th of January, 2019, Mrs Josephine Tandoh Asante, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the Tema Port of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), was murdered in her Emefs Hillview Estates residence near Afienya.
All these murders are still being investigated by the police.
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