ONE of the four suspected armed robbers, who posed as National Security agents and seized a vehicle carrying 1,200 bags of rice, valued at GH¢840,000, on the Tema Motorway, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
Sakibu Abudulai, and three accomplices, now at large, were said to have conspired and stole the Jasmine perfumed branded rice bagged in 25-kilogramme sacks.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was, however, remanded by the court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandor, until tomorrow.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector E. Afful told the court that James Akwasi Atta, the truck driver, was driving the vehicle, loaded with the goods from the Tema Port to Assin Fosu in the Central Region.
He said on reaching the Tema Motorway, the accused and his accomplices, stopped the truck and escorted the driver and his mate at gun point into another car, while other accomplices remained in the truck carrying the rice.
The alleged robbers claimed they were national security agents and were driving the truck to the toll booth to check the axle load, the court heard.
Chief Insp. Afful said that on the way, the driver and his mate were robbed of GH¢100 and personal belongings and abandoned near the toll booth at Tema.
He said James and his mate, boarded a vehicle to where they had parked their truck, but when they got to the scene, they noticed that the truck, with James’s driver’s licence and other personal belongings, had been taken away.
Chief Insp. Afful said James reported the incident to the Odorkor Police and after two months of investigations, he was invited to identify the suspects and the vehicle at the Police Station.
The prosecution said the complainant identified Sakibu Abudulai and one Christopher Selasi, as part of the gang, which stole the truck load of rice.
Chief Insp. Afful said Christopher was at large, having been granted bail earlier.
He said truck that was originally registered as ER 4283 – C, but had been changed to AS 423 F and its colour changed from white, black and green into; green, white and red, the prosecution stated.