One of the four suspected armed robbers who posed as National Security agents and robbed a vehicle carrying 1200 bags of rice at gun point has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
The police claim four people were said to have conspired and robbed the Jasmine perfume branded rice bagged in 25 kilogramme sacks but only Sakibu Abdulai has been arrested whilst the other three robbers are currently on the run.
Abdulai pleaded not guilty to the charges and was, however, remanded by the Court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandor, to reappear on October 30.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector E. Afful told the court that James Akwasi Atta, the truck driver, was driving from the Tema Port to Assin Fosu in the Central Region with the goods when the incident happened.
He said on reaching the Tema Motorway, the accused person, Abdulai with his accomplices, stopped the truck and two of them escorted the driver and his mate at gun point into another waiting car, while their other accomplices remained with the truck carrying the rice. The alleged robbers claimed they worked with the National Security and told the driver that they were driving the truck to the toll both to check their axle load.
On their way, the driver and his mate were robbed of GHC 100 and other personal belongings and then abandoned near the toll booth at Tema.
The driver and his mate, realising that they had been robbed, boarded a vehicle to where they had parked the truck, but when they got to the scene, they noticed that the truck had been taken away.
A report was made at the Odorkor Police and after two months of investigation the driver was invited to identify the suspects and the vehicle at the Police Station.
Police Chief Inspector Afful said the complainant identified Sakibu Abdulai and one Christopher Selasi, as part of the gang , which stole the truck load of rice.
He said Christopher was at large, having been granted bail earlier.