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Thieves break into Danquah Institute – laptops, pen drives, GHC12,000 stolen

The offices of DI, a leading governance and political think tank based in Labone, Accra, were burgled over the weekend

The offices of the Danquah Institute (DI), a governance and political think tank based in Labone, Accra, have been burgled.

The attack, which took place in the early hours of Saturday 3 October 2020, is believed to be politically motivated.

The suspects, who are yet to be arrested, made away with laptops, pen drives, GHC12,000 in cash and other valuable items.

The incident was made public in a statement issued by DI and signed its executive director, Richard Ahiagbah.

“The offices of the Danquah Institute at Labone in Accra have been broken into by unknown persons in the early hours of Saturday, 3 October 2020 and valuable items were taken away by the thieves. Initial observation is that the Institute’s premises were rummaged, marauded and pillaged by some unknown persons who are suspected to have done so in search of some information,” the statement said.

“Items stolen included critical and vital documents, as well as laptops, flash drives and the sum of GHC12,000,” the institute added.

Repeat performance?

The incident follows an apparently “similar break-in which occurred in 2016, during which the trespassers also made away with very important documents. This indeed is very abhorrent,” the statement  said.

The incident has been reported to the police for investigation, DI said.

In addition, the management of Danquah Institute said they have taken “precautionary measures to beef up security at the Institute”. They further appealed to the general public “to assist the police while they carry out their investigations into the matter”, the statement said.

Wilberforce Asare/ Asaase Radio

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