-Four persons have been put before court for allegedly robbing a police commander
-Two of them are police officers who are already standing trial for robbery attack on a GCB Bank bullion van at Donkorkrom last year
Two policemen standing trial in Accra over the Donkorkrom bullion van robbery have been put before court, alongside two accomplices, over their involvement in another robbery incident.
The two, Corporal Kissi Abrokwa and Corporal Elvis Mensah, are alleged to have masterminded a robbery attack on a police commander using the accomplices, Yakubu Salifu alias Adwenkese, and Labaram Ganiu alias Alex.
According to the prosecuting officer, Assistant State Attorney, Cyril Boateng Keteku the complainant is a District Police Commander while Yakubu, a farm labourer and Labaram, a trader live at Donkokrom Zongo.
On May 31, 2016, the commander who was on leave visited Donkokrom, however, he woke up around 4am to detect that thieves had broken into his room. They absconded with his bag containing a pistol, two magazines with 30 rounds of 9mm ammunitions each and a cash of Ghc1, 150.00.
The Prosecuting officer said, the empty bag was later found in front of a drinking spot adjacent to the complainant’s house.
The complaint later reported the incident at the Police station. Investigations identified Yakubu Salifu as the culprit but several efforts made to arrest him failed. He was finally arrested later by a civilian at his hideout and handed over to the Police.
During Police interrogation, the first accused, Yakubu, mentioned the name of the second accused person, Labaram Ganiu, as his accomplice.
He subsequently led Police to a bush near St. Michael Catholic Primary and JHS School at Donkokrom to retrieve the stolen pistol and only 15 round ammunitions were found.
Yakubu also implicated Corporals Mensah Kissi as the people who masterminded the theft by providing Labaram Ganiu detailed information about the Police Commander’s house and the nature of the operation.
He said on June 7, 2016, Mensah met Labaram, at Ekye Amanfrom where he advised him to flee from the community because the first accused, Yakubu has been arrested by the Police and his name has been mentioned as his accomplice.
The accused persons have been charged for conspiracy to steal, unlawful entry and stealing, however, Yakubu Salifu and Labaram Ganiu, who were present in court, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The two accused pleaded to the court to grant them bail over ill health but the Koforidua Circuit Court 'B' rejected their plea and remanded into prison custody.
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