Taxi driver remanded for robbery

An Adabraka-based taxi driver who allegedly colluded with two other persons to rob another taxi driver at Awutu Bereku in the Central Region of his Nissan Almera cab, has been remanded in police custody by the Accra Circuit Court “One”, for further investigations.

Alfred Zogli is said to have used his taxi to convey his friends who posed as police officer and Bureau of National Investigations Operative respectively and arrested Mr. Daniel Sackey (complainant) on the pretext that he had stolen money from their friend who was a white man.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery.

The accused who hatched the plan, handcuffed the complainant, put him in the car and drove to a distance of about 200 metres, where one of his accomplices who had earlier on introduced himself as a police officer removed Mr. Sackey’s mobile phone from his pocket with the ignition key and alighted from the taxi.

The prosecutor Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu yesterday told the court presided over by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh that the accused continued to drive the taxi until he stopped at a point and pretended to make a phone call only to turn round and remove the handcuff from the wrists of the victim, pushed him out of the cab with the excuse that the complainant was not one of those who stole from the white man and sped off leaving him to his fate.

But the complainant, according to the prosecutor, was able to pick the inscription “No Size” at the back of the blue Nissan Almera taxi Zogli had used to convey his accomplices to execute the robbery and reported the case to the Dansoman police when he detected that the robbers had driven his taxi away.

Chief Inspector Adu said that on August 8, 2016, the police traced the accused to Adabraka, a suburb of Accra, where he operates as a taxi driver and found him driving the same taxi with the inscription “No Size” and was immediately identified by Mr. Sackey as the very person who together with the other suspects now at large, robbed him of his black and yellow Nissan Almera taxi with registration number GW 9335-16 valued at GH¢25,000.00.

The accused was subsequently arrested and put before court and Mr. Tandoh remanded him in police custody to appear again on August 25, 2016, by which time the police would have made progress in their investigations.

By Castro Zangina-Tong               

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