Coronavirus and crime: 5 major gun-robbery incidents that have rocked Ghana

On March 12, Ghana’s worst fears were confirmed; the deadly Coronavirus which has been drilling countries around the world found its way past the country’s borders and clutched its first two victims. Within a week, the country had moved from just panic to actual action having confirmed about 7 cases of the virus.

First came the restrictions on the admittance of travellers from countries with at least 200 cases of Coronavirus, then the ban on all public gatherings, closure of all schools, a lockdown subsequently and then a lift, total closure of the country’s borders, among others.

The government indeed was doing everything in its power to contain the virus and stop the spread. There was no doubt the infiltration of the virus meant dire economic consequences for the country.

Businesses have had to be on hold because exports and imports are not going out and coming in respectively. Things are ridiculously expensive as traders try to make do with the little they have, the government has had to spend a lot more, other businesses are not as vibrant because except necessary, most people are voluntarily choosing to stay home.

Economic hardships among other things, also have consequences because it means citizens have to apply innovation and look for alternative decent ways of making ends meet.

So it is, for people who have had to change their line of trade; tailors, seamstresses, for instance, are now focusing mostly on producing locally-made facemasks which are sold, most people have turned to the food business to survive, among others.

Some others, miscreants who would rather go for the easier way out, have turned to robbery. Before the advent of Coronavirus, robbery has been something the country’s security forces have had to deal with but it appears to have perhaps increased during this period.

Parts of the country have experienced some major robbery incidents within the past two months.

Here’s a compilation of some of them:

Daylight robbery incident at Tema, 2 suspects shot dead:

Gory robbery incident at Tema, 2 suspects shot dead


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