Two Circuit Courts in Koforidua on Tuesday, August 26, 2019, remanded into Police Custody three accused persons including a dismissed Police Officer arrested in connection with multiple robbery cases.
They were arrested by the Taifa Police and handed over to the Koforidua Police for similar robbery incidents using same Modus Operandi of wearing security Uniforms disguising as Police and Military Officers to rob their victims
The accused persons -Eric Adzei Alias Kumah, 48, -the dismissed Police Officer, Samuel Appiah ,34, a farmer and Mutakilu Sadiq,41, a driver were put before the two courts on different robbery cases.
They were first remanded by the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘A’ presided over by Her Honour Mariam Afoh to reappear on September 9,2019 whereas, her Colleague Judge in Circuit Court ‘B’Her Honour Mercy Addei Kotei later remanded them to reappear on September 11, 2019 in spite of plea by the accused persons for the two courts to grant them bail.
Circuit Court “A”
At the Circuit Court” A” , the Prosecutor Chief Inspector Owusu Ababio told the court that, the complainant in the case is Oliver Oteng, 32, year-old Student of University of Education, Winneba who resides at Koforidua Highways.
He said on July 26, 2019 at about 11:00 am the complainant went to withdraw money at the Koforidua branch of Ghana Commercial Bank and while in a taxi to the house on reaching Pentecost Preparatory School junction at Old Estate the accused persons-One wearing a Police uniform with one other wearing a Military Uniform with two other accomplices in civilian dress onboard a private Car stopped the taxi and violently arrested the complainant into their car and sped off towards the Koforidua to Tafo road, assaulted and threatened to kill him should he attempt to raise alarm.
The Prosecutor said, on reaching a section of the Asiakwa road, the accused persons robbed the complainant off his Gch7,150 ,a Samsung mobile phone valued Ghc850, and one Techno mobile phone valued Ghc70 after which the abandoned him in a bush along the road and sped off but a Police patrol team later spotted and rescued the complainant.
He said after their arrest, an identification parade was held on August 23, 2019, where the complainants identified the accused persons.
Circuit Court “B”.
At the Circuit Court ‘A’ the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Owusu Ababio told the Court that, in January this year the accused persons wore Police and Military Uniforms trailed and robbed the complainant -Monyo Frank a carpenter in broad daylight while returning home after withdrawing Ghc8,500 from the Koforidua branch of the Upper Manya Krobo Rural Bank
The Prosecutor said the complainant who was onboard a tricycle known as ‘Pragyea’ with other passengers was attacked by the accused persons who crossed them at Anlo -Town stretch of the road with their Toyota Corolla Saloon car, pulled him out under the pretense that he was under arrest, Handcuffed and pushed him into their car and sped off to the Oyoko -Jumapo road where they assaulted and threatened to kill him should he attempt to shout for help.
The accused then seized containing the Gh8,500 withdrew from the bank and also took away Ghc1,300 from his pocket as well as his Samsung and Techno Mobile Phone worth Ghc410 in total subsequently ejected him from the car and absconded.