Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra Aug. 23, GNA –
Two Police officers involved in the robbery of a bullion van belonging to the
GCB bank Limited at Mame Krobo in the Eastern Region on Tuesday appeared before
an Accra District Magistrate Court.
The alleged attack
by the officers, General Corporal Solomon Elvis Mensah and General Lance
Corporal Daniel Kissi Abrokwa, led to the death of Daniel K Sarpong, the driver
of the bullion van.
The other accomplice
in the dock was Hafisu Mohammed aka Danjuma a mechanic.
The two officers are
being held on the charge of attempted robbery, conspiracy and Murder.
Mohammed is charge
The court presided
over by Mr Stephen Owusu did not take their plea and remanded them into Police
custody to reappear on September 6.
The accused persons
who appeared before the court without legal representation were informed by the
court that they were entitled to lawyers of their choice.
On bail application,
the court urged them to move to a higher court to seek for bail as the
Magistrate court had no jurisdiction in that respect due to the nature of the
Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham Annor said the deceased, Sarpong is the
driver of the bullion van with registration number GN 1354-15.
Prosecution said the
Police officers were stationed at Donkorkrom.
prosecution the officers hatched a plan of robbing the Bullion van of GCB which
usually went to Donkorkrom to supply money to the bank.
On August 16 this
year, the Police officers who were duty at GN Bank and GCB respectively decided
to rob the bullion van of the amount it was carrying.
therefore discussed the robbery with Mohammed who is a friend to the two and
also a taxi driver. The officers therefore armed themselves with AK 47 Rifles
and laid ambush at a spot between Tease and Mame Krobo at about 10:30 am.
Mohammed drove his
taxi with registration number 1860-09 towards Ekye Amanfrom to monitor the
arrival the bullion van.
Prosecution said 20
minutes later the bullion van arrived and Mohammed signalled the Police
officers who then opened fire killing the driver of the van.
DSP Annor said a
Police officer on board the van got injured but before that returned fire
compelling the two Policemen to take cover in the bush.
The Police officers
then called Mohammed who picked them with his car in their bid to escape.
The Police Command
at Donkorkrom got wind of the robbery incident and they mobilised men who
arrested the three accused persons on board the taxi cab.
Prosecution said two
AK 47 rifles, 23 rounds of am munitions, a cutlass, two metal bars were
retrieved from the taxi. The deceased body has been deposited at the Korle-Bu
Teaching Hospital awaiting autopsy.
DSP Annor said three
other occupants of the bullion van however escaped unhurt and the Policeman on
guard was treated discharged at the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital.