The alleged assailants who robbed the founder of the the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor, have appeared in court on charges of conspiring to rob the elderly politician.
According to reports, Yakubu Yusif, a Trader, Barnabas Kayase, a Driver, Opoku Agyemang, a Trader and Abdul Razak Shaibu of the GPRTU Task Force robbed Madam Donkor of her bag at gunpoint in Sowutuom, Accra. According to Madam Donkor, the bag contained her plane ticket, Ghanaian Passport, Voter's ID, $30,000 in cash, and GHC3,000 in cash, respectively.
All the alleged assailants plead not guilty to the robbery charges, although a court presided by Justice Abena Adjin Doku Oppong released them to police custody for them to reappear before court on January 23rd, 2017.
According to Chief Superintendent of Police Duuti Tuaruka, Yakubu and Barnabas got wind that Madam Akua Donkor had $30,000 in her possession which she intended to travel to the United States with. At which point the two conspired with the remaining accused and decided to rob her.
Shortly after Madam Donkor visited Opoku Agyemang at his house in Taifa where Barnabas, the driver, demanded that she pay him the amount of GHC20,000 or he wouldn't allow her to leave. Opoku, on the other hand, demanded Madam Donkor's car keys. Both demands were denied, causing a "misunderstanding" between them.
According Chief Superintendent Tuaruka, Yakubu and Barnabas called Abdul Razak and arranged the robbery they intended to carry out.
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At 02:30 a.m. on December 30th, 2016, Madam Donkor accompanied Yakubu and Barnabas were headed to Kotoka International Airport for Madam Donkor's flight to the USA. Officer Tuaruka told the court that the complainant decided to stop at home upon reaching Sowutuom after the Agbeve Clinic area. Opoku called Barnabas to find out where they were while Abdul Razak and the rest of the accomplices were lying in wait.
Soon after the three, armed with guns, appeared on an unregistered motorbike behind Madam Donkor's vehicle. Barnabas, upon spotting his accomplices, reduced slowed down, stopped, and put on his hazard lights, signalling his accomplices that the complainant was indeed on-board the vehicle.
Soon as the car stopped the armed men attacked and demanded that Madam Donkor relinquish all her foreign currency or risked being killed, but she refused. The assailants subsequently dragged Madam Donkor out of the vehicle, snatched the bag from her and escaped.
Chief Superintendent Tuaruka said Yakubu, Barnabas, and Opoku were arrested after a report was made to the police and Barnabas confessed to police that they did, in fact, connive with robbers to rob the complainant.
On December 31st, Abdul Razak was picked up by police after he was called by Yakubu to come and pick up his share of the spoils. Upon being searched, police found the amount of $4,900 was retrieved from him. He - Abdul Razak, mentioned two more accomplices by the names of Joe and Nuamah.
Abdul Razak later led police to retrieve the bag which witch was discard by the robbers in a bush in Anyaa, together with a vehicle he used.