3 highway men jailed 60 yrs

Three highway robbers, who robbed two Burkinabes at gunpoint at Alhassan Kura in the Kintampo municipality, have been jailed 60 years by the Sunyani Circuit Court.

The robbers, Alhassan Yakubu, 25, a fisherman, Karim Wahiru, 25, a motor mechanic, and Musa Kifilu, 18, unemployed, all from Yapei in the Northern Region, were sentenced to 20 years each. They pleaded guilty.

The court, presided over by Mr. Juan Iyi-King, sentenced the robbers on charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery, saying that the sentence could have been heavier, but for their plea for clemency.

The State Attorney, Michael Baffoe, told the court that at 2.30am on August 30, the robbers attacked two Burkinabe drivers; Traore Amara, 26, and Watara Seidu, who were driving a DAF truck from Burkina Faso to Tema.

He said the drivers on reaching Alhassan Kura near Babatokuma in the Kintampo area, their vehicle developed a flat tyre, and decided to spend the night in the car.

Mr. Baafi said the robbers armed with knives, two locally manufactured guns and pliers attacked and robbed the drivers of Samsung mobile phones and unspecified amount of money.

According to Mr. Baafi, the robbers attempted to rob an oncoming vehicle, but the driver managed to speed off, and reported the incident to the military cum police patrol team, operating on the highway.

He said the patrol team arrested the robbers, who were riding motor bikes, and handed them over to the Kintampo Police.

Mr. Baafi said when the victims went to the police station to report the case they found the robbers there and identified them.

The State Attorney said the criminals were transferred to the Regional Police Command for screening leading to their prosecution.

From Daniel Dzirasah Sunyani

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