Seven remanded in Weija robbery case

IGP (5)ALHASSAN  MOHAMMED.jpg(1The seven persons arrested in a robbery attack that left one policeman and two others dead at Weija in the Greater Accra Region, were on Monday remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Three others, including two women, alleged to have played various roles in the crime have also been remanded until January 26.

Four others, who received gunshot wounds, and are currently at large, are being sought for by the police.

As a result of the attack, Constable Prince Akata, 31, was said to have been hit by a bullet below the waist level, while two of the gangsters also fell to the fire of the police.

The armed robbers, aged between 21 and 28, include Isaac Kwasi Boadi, alias K.K, unemployed; Kwame Anokye, alias Tagor, a driver’s mate; Amos Bortey Borketey, driver, and Addo Mensah alias Amera.

The others are Yaw Richard, driver; Sylvester Otwe, a driver’s mate and Kwesi Bentum, farmer.

Mary Komabu, alias New Town Madam, was alleged to have been their sponsor, while Feyi Stephen, a native doctor and Evelyn Dorson, the wife of Kwasi Bentum, were charged for aiding two of the accused to escape from lawful custody.

A bail application by Kodzo Duah, lawyer for Komabu, was refused by the court on the grounds that the accused could interfere with the investigations.

But counsel contended that his client was wrongly charged, and that the charge of abetment of crime against her was unsustainable.

“My lord, the prosecution can only charge her for dishonestly receiving because she knew nothing about the said robbery charge preferred against her cannot be justified”, he said.

Besides, his plea to the court to admit Komabu to bail on grounds of ill health, was further denied by the court as the presiding judge Mr. Francis Obiri, ordered the police to take the accused to hospital for medical treatment.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Afful, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Moses Atibillah told the court that the complainants are managers of companies dealing in electrical applicances and general commodities.

He said   the accused for some time now have been terrorising residents of Madina, Weija, Kasoa and Tema in the Greater Accra and Central Regions.

He said on December 9, 2014, at about 1:58am, the accused attacked the Madina Melcom branch, killed the security officer and made away with two flat screen television sets valued at GH¢5,800 and two mobile phones.

He said on January 6, 2015, the Greater Regional Police gathered intelligence that the accused armed with pistols and vehicles were set for another robbery expedition.

Chief Inspector Afful said a team of police men proceeded to Weija where they spotted Boadi, Ofori and Ampomah (now deceased) and two others at large on board a Ford Bus advancing towards Kasoa.

He said the police followed them (accused) gradually, but the robbers upon realising they were being pursued by the police immediately made a U-turn towards Accra.

He said sensing danger, the accused opened fire at the police when they got to the Bortianor Junction hitting Constable Akata.

Subsequently, the police returned fire and Ampomah and Duodo fell to the power of the fire.

They were rushed to the Korle-Bu Hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.

He said it emerged in the course of the investigations that, Kumabo sponsored them financially because the booty was sold to her after successful operations.

Chief Inspector Afful said the police had the tip-off that Dorson was assisting Boadi, her husband, who sustained gunshot wounds to get herbal treatment from Stephen, a native doctor at Asuboi.

He said information gathered further revealed that Dorson and her husband had escaped to Asamankese where they were arrested by the police.

By Malik Sullemana

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