Crime

2 accused remanded into police custody

An Accra circuit court has remanded two persons into police custody for allegedly stealing 54,000 litres of diesel valued at GH¢280,260.00, belonging to their employer.

They are Yakubu Awudu, a driver and Isaac Boadi alias Kojo, driver’s mate, their accomplice one Fataw Mohammed, is currently at large.

Awudu pleaded guilty with explanation to conspiracy to commit crime, causing unlawful damage and stealing, whilst Boadi pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

They will make their next appearance on July 17.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Musah B. Hamidu told the court presided over by Mrs Afia Agbenu that Mr Nazif Saani is the complainant in the case, and a businessman who deals in petroleum products, as well as a transporter.

He said in 2018, the complainant gave his DAF CF460 truck with the registration number GS 264-14 to Awudu to drive, where he (Awudu) employed Boadi as his mate.

The prosecution said the accused had since been loading petroleum products to supply to some customers in different parts of the country.

Chief Inspector Hamidu said on June 24, this year, the truck was loaded with 54,000 litres of diesel valued at GH¢280,260.00 at Tema to be taken to a customer at Yendi in the Northern Region.

Accused persons left Tema in the night and met the complainant at the Community 18 junction on the Accra Tema Motorway where he gave them GH¢2,400.00 for their traveling expenses.

The prosecution said when the accused persons got to the Accra end of the Tema Motorway, they were short of fuel and bought some in a gallon to pour into the truck.

Chief Inspector Hamidu said whilst they were there, Mohammed now at large who is one of the drivers of the complainant came to meet them. –GNA

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