Security analyst, Prof. Kwasi Aning, believes the time has come for financial institutions to embark on rigorous scrutiny of their staff following the increasing cases of bank-related robberies in the country.
He says routine checks must also be carried out on both company and personal electronic devices, used by the staff to assess information that might have aided such crimes if any.
The comments by Prof. Aning, who is also Director of Academic Affairs and Research Faculty at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), come on the heels of recent daylight robberies in parts of the capital, including one that a group of armed men trailed a woman from the bank and robbed her at Achimota.
Contributing to discussions on crime and security on Joy FM’s Newsfile on Saturday, Prof. Aning said stringent security measures among the police and the banks must be adopted to ascertain the culpability of bank staff in case of robbery attacks on persons who may have transacted business at the bank.
“This lady who withdrew money from the bank, how did criminals know that he had money on her? Are we picking up people within that particular bank, checking their laptops and phone records, or if there is a compromise of such sensitive information to the client.”
“Some really critical questions need to be asked to assure us or those who use the banking facilities that the backgrounds of bank staff are checked, secured, and they are routinely also checked again because [this kind of crimes] raises serious fundamental questions because of the gang-style manner in which this operation was carried”, Prof. Aning emphasized.
Several robbery cases have been reported in recent times, raising concerns about the safety of residents in the capital.
The Ghana Police Service as a matter of urgency has introduced urgent additional security measures in the wake of a spike in robbery incidents, especially in the national capital, Accra.
Aside from the daylight robbery incident at Achimota which led to some robbers bolting with GHS 29,000 snatched from a 33-year-old woman, while a bystander sustained gunshot wounds.
Just last Friday, two separate daylight robbery incidents were also reported in Accra.
It also advised the persons who intend to withdraw huge sums of money to “exercise caution or contact the Police for assistance for such transactions.”
We’re not running 64th anniversary promo, ignore fraudulent reports – BoG
The Bank of Ghana has cautioned the general public against participating in a fraudulent promotion said to be on the bank’s 64th anniversary.
According to a notice from the central bank, it has observed the fake promotion on social media, hence the disclaimer.
The bank however says it is not running a 64th-anniversary promotion of any kind.
The central bank also advised the general public not to subscribe to the fraudulent activity which invites the public to select links shared through social media, which is intended to lure users to participate in this spurious promotion.
The general public is thus advised to take note and to desist from participating in such fraudulent promotions in the name of the Bank of Ghana.
Any individual or entity that participates in such or similar scheme does so at their own peril, according to the Bank of Ghana.
Below is the full statement:
BoG warns against fraudulent money doubling scheme dubbed ‘Worldremit’
The Bank of Ghana is cautioning the general public against the patronage of a money-doubling scheme operating in Ghana under the pseudo name “Worldremit”.
According to the Central Bank, “this fraudulent scheme is distinct from the globally renowned Fintech, “WorldRemit” which is in the business of international fund transfers”.
The central bank explained that the fraudulent “scheme encourages customers to select preferred packages, following which a code is generated by the fraudsters with which they obtain the WhatsApp accounts of their victims for spurious purposes.
The Bank of Ghana said it has not licensed any entity or individual to undertake money doubling in the country.
“Any individual or entity that participates in such or similar schemes does so at their own peril,” the BoG said.
Murtala slams Ofori-Atta for claiming government’s payroll is full
Former Deputy Trade Minister, Murtala Mohammed has taken on the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta for his comments on the government’s payroll.
Mr. Murtala Mohammed is of the view that those comments are an admission of a government that has failed, and thus urged them to admit it.
Mr. Ofori Atta at a graduation ceremony at UPSA on Friday, October 15, 2021, indicated that the government payroll was full and could not employ more public sector workers. He advised graduates to go into entrepreneurship to take hold of their economic lives.
According to him, that is the only way the rising unemployment rate in the country can be reduced.
“That payroll is full because we are spending some 60% of our revenue on remunerating some 650,000 people. That is not sustainable.”
However, Mr. Murtala in a Citi News interview asked the government to find ways of creating jobs for the youth of this country.
According to him, the rising unemployment levels are completely unacceptable.
“It is an admission of a government that has failed, and also an admission of a government that promised Ghanaians heaven and yet dragged them towards hell. That is what is happening.”
“This government is in power with promises and if you check the unemployment rate now, it has risen over 8% under them and unemployment amongst the youth is 12.6% and that is completely unacceptable.”
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