Apeatua Addo, GNA
Tarkwa (W/R), November 22, GNA - Three suspected armed robbers who allegedly attacked, a 27 year-old taxi driver, Abuguri Haruna, at Wasa Asikuma in the Amenfi East district, have been granted bail in the sum of 150,000 Ghana cedis with six sureties.
The three are Evans Amoako, 20, Kwabena Ennim, 30 and Yakubu Rashid, 25, appeared before the Tarkwa circuit court, presided over by, Mr. Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew.
They were charged with possession of firearm and ammunition without authority, pretending to be military officers, possession of military accoutrement without lawful authority and robbery.
The accused persons, pleaded not guilty to all the four charges and are expected to re-appear before the court on Wednesday December 13.
Prosecuting, Detective Police Inspector Clement Amoah, told the court the accused persons are small scale miners and reside in the same area at Wasa Asikuma with the complainant, Haruna.
Detective Inspector Amoah said for the past two months, the town, Wasa Asikuma had recorded series of robbery attacks and properties worth millions of Ghana cedis have been taken away from victims.
He said on October 26, at about 0300 hours, whilst the complainant was asleep, the accused persons dressed in military uniforms broke into his room firing gun shots and ordered him to surrender all his money else they would kill him.
The Prosecution said as a result, they succeeded in stealing 2,000 Ghana cedis from the complainant and bolted.
He said, the complainant reported the matter to the Wasa Akropong Police and based on the information Amoako and Ennim were arrested on October 27, whilst Rashid was apprehended the next day.
He said the police conducted a search in the rooms of the accused persons and in the cause of the search, one pump action gun and a single barrel short gun were retrieved from Amoako's room.
Detective Inspector Amoah informed the court that during investigation, Rashid took the police to a nearby bush at Wasa Asikuma where a fertilizer sack containing four set of military camouflage uniforms, two military caps, 22 pieces of plastic lockers and a wire which the accused persons used in their operations were also retrieved under a decomposed oil palm tree.
He said Rashid further mentioned suspects Akwasi, Taller, Abodie, Aboboyah, Father and Labista who are all on the run as their accomplices.
He assured the court that the police would intensify their search for the six named suspects.