The case in which four people have been remanded for allegedly robbing Madam Akua Donkor, founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) of 30,000 dollars in addition to GH¢3,000, at gunpoint has been adjourned to February 6, by an Accra circuit court.
The Judge of the court, is currently on leave and would resume by the next sitting.
Present in court yesterday, were Madam Akua Donkor, together with the accused persons.
The accused were also alleged to have snatched the complainants’ traveling bag containing a plane ticket,a Ghanaian passport, and voter’s ID card.
The four who pleaded not guilty are, Yakubu Yusif, a trader, Banabas Kayase, a driver, Opoku Agyemang, a trader, and Abdul Razak Shaibu, a taskforce member of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).
However, two others, one Joe and Nuamah are currently at large and are being sought for by the police.
They are facing charges of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.
Prosecuting, Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, said the complainant,Madam Akua Donkor, is a resident of Ayikuma in Accra, while the first accused, Yakubu Yusif, is a trader and the Central Regional Chairman of the GFP, and Banabas Kayase, a driver and secretary of the same party and resides in Kotobabi.
According to the prosecutor, Opoku Agyemang, is a trader, and resides at Taifa, Abdul Razak Shaibu is a member of the taskforce of the Odorkor branch of the GPRTU, while Joe and Nuamah are at large.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka revealed that Yusif and Banabas, got information that Madam Akua Donkor, had in her possession, 30,000 dollars which she intended to travel with abroad.
The prosecutor told the court that as part of the plot, Agyemang invited Madam Akua Donkor, to his house at Taifa, for a discussion and she went together with Yusif, and Banabas.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka said at the house, Banabas, demanded that Akua Donkor pays him GH¢20,000, or else she would not travel. Opoku Agyemang, also asked her to hand over her car keys to him before travelling, but she declined.
He added a misunderstanding, ensued after which the accused secretly planned to secure the services of armed robbers to kill Madam Akua Donkor, rob and share her properties including cars and cash she brought to the meeting.
The prosecutor said Yusif and Banabas called Shaibu to arrange for Joe and Nuamah, to carry out the operations.
He said on December 30, 2016, at about 2:30 am, the complainant together with Yusif and Banabas boarded her Mitsubishi Pajero vehicle with registration number GT 6028-16 from Taifa heading towards Kotoka International Airport, to board flight to the United States of America.
Chief Supt. Tuaruka said, the complainant decided to go through her house and on reaching Sowutuom, immediately after Agbeve Herbal Clinic area, Agyemang called Banabas, on phone and asked about her wherabout.
According to prosecution, Razak, Joe and Nuamah, on motorbike, armed with gun, appeared behind the vehicle of Madam Akua Donkor, which had other two accused on board.
It was revealed that as soon as Banabas, who was the driver spotted the armed men, he internationally reduced the speed, showing adouble indicator to indicate to the armed men that the complainant was in the vehicle.
He said Banabas parked the car, to give the armed men the opportunity to attack her. “They dragging Madam Akua Donkor out of the car and snatched her travelling bag containing important documents and monies and escaped,” he said.
The prosecutor said a report was made to the police which led to the arrest of Yusif, Banabas and Opoku Agyemang. The police on December 31, arrested Shaibu when he was called by Yusif to come for his booty.
The prosecutor said, when Shaibu was searched, 4,900 dollars was retrieved from him and he led the police to where they threw away the bag after the robbery.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme