Forex bureau robbers remanded

The two young men who displayed their bravery by robbing a Forex Bureau Operator in  broad day light at Mpramprom-at Abbosey Okai, near Kaneshie, were yesterday remanded into police custody by the Accra Circuit Court “One”.

Yakubu Alhassan, 23, a welder at Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra and Haruna Abdulai (alias Borbor), unemployed and a resident of Ashaiman, made away with GH¢150,000 when they allegedly attacked the staff of the Bext Nascent Forex Bureau with locally made pistols last Wednesday.

In their attempt to escape from the mob pursuing them, the accused fired into the crowd and in the process, wounded 14 people.

The pursuers however defied the danger and arrested the two with the help of the police.

They have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.

The prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, told the court, presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, that the police were able to retrieve  GH¢58,000 being part of the booty, two pistols and 21 live cartridges from them.

Meanwhile, an intensive search has been mounted for their two accomplices who escaped.

Presenting the facts, the prosecutors said four people, including Yakubu Alhassan and Haruna Abdulai, entered the Bext Nascent Forex Bureau on the pretext of transacting business, only to pull out locally manufactured pistols which they pointed at the Manager, Mr. Bismarck Boateng, and two other workers, and held them hostage.

He said the accused robbed the people of all the money they had kept in the safe and the drawer, in both local and foreign currencies, amounting to GH¢150,000 and tried to escape but one of the workers who managed to come out from the office, raised the alarm, attracting some people in the area who gave the robbers a hot chase.

The accused shot indiscriminately into the mob pursuing them, and in the process injured 14 people who were rushed to the Police Hospital for treatment.

Yakubu and Haruna were arrested with the assistance of the Kaneshie Police Patrol Team but the other robbers escaped.

By Castro Zangina-Tong & Edem Mensah-Tsotorme 

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