Man jailed 18 years for robbing church

arrestMisbau Afolabi, who robbed members of the Tabernacle of Hope International Church, during night worship at Lashibi in Accra, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra circuit court.

He was charged for conspiracy to commit and robbery, but the presiding judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, acquitted and discharged him on the charge of conspiracy, explaining that one person could not conspire to commit a crime.

In passing sentence, the judge said that the prosecution had adduced enough evidence to prove Afolabi’s guilt.

Mr. Tandoh noted that it was a divine inspiration that one of the church members identified Afolabi during the robbery attack, adding, “It took divine inspiration and grace that one of the church members knew the accused. God did not abandon them at all”.

Two of his (Afolabi’s) accomplices are currently at large, and being sought by the police.

The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwabena Bempah, said the convict held hostage the members of the church at about 2:30am on January 26, 2016, when they were seeking the face of God.

He said Afolabi and his accomplices, wielding a pistol and pump action gun, attacked the church and robbed the congregants of their laptop computers, mobile phones and unspecified amount of money.

The court heard that one of the church members who gave evidence in the case told the head pastor that he knew Afolabi.

DSP Bempah said a complaint was lodged with the police and the convict was arrested on March 28, 2013.

By Malik Sullemana

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