Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra, Aug. 26, GNA – A Highway robber,
Mohammed Abubakar, who robbed occupants of a VIP Joean Bus on the Accra-Kumasi
Highway on November 15, last year, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment
by an Accra Circuit Court, on Friday.
Abubakar, aka Karim Burger, a Niger illegal
Miner, pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit crime to wit
robbery and robbery.
He prayed the court to have mercy on him.
His accomplices, Osman Omoro aka Maanu, and
Abubakar Aliu, aka Mallam Laiya, both cattle farmers, pleaded not guilty and
the court remanded them into custody to reappear on September 9.
Before handing the sentence, Mr Eric Delanyo
Alifo, acting as friend of the court, prayed the court that the accused person
had not wasted the Court’s time and he was a first offender.
The trial Judge, Mr Aboagye Tandoh, said he
had taken into consideration the convicts plea for mitigation.
However, the conduct of the convict on the
day of the incident traumatized the occupants of the Bus and, therefore,
sentenced him on the charge of robbery.
In the case of the conspiracy charge, it
deferred the sentence to the end of the trial.
Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police
Abraham Annor said the complainant was the driver in charge of VIP Joean
passenger bus, with registration number GN 8047-13.
Abubakar, the prosecution said, was into
illegal mining at Dunkwa-On-Offin and Kyebi. Omoro and Aliu are cattle farmers based
at Kpaikpai near Nkroranza, and Chiraa near in Sunyani, respectively.
The Prosecution said on November 15, last
year, the complainant’s bus loaded with more than 40 passengers, set off from
the VIP Terminal in Accra for Kumasi.
At about 16:30 hours, the accused persons
together with four or five others, most of them wielding weapons including an
AK 47 assault rifle and pump action guns, and with their faces partially
covered with handkerchiefs mounted a robbery operation on the Accra – Kumasi
Highway, the Prosecutor said.
DSP Annor said the accused persons and their
accomplices at large, took positions at a high rump spot at new Jejeti, where
vehicles were bound to slow down and attacked occupants of various commercial
and private vehicles of their properties and money.
The complainant and passengers were caught
up in the attack.
The Prosecution said the Police at Anyinam
received a distress call from a traveller, who managed to escape and moved
swiftly to the scene.
The robbers on seeing the Police run into
the bush and started firing to keep the Police away.
In an exchange for fire, Mohammed Abubakar,
sustained gunshot injuries in the process and was abandoned in the bush by his
On November 19, last year, Mohammed Abubakar
in severe pain, crawled from the bush to the roadside to seek assistance to be
sent to the Hospital and he was arrested.
He named the king pin and outlined how they
planned and executed the crime. In the cause of investigations Omaro and Aliu
were arrested in different robbery case and they confessed their involvement as
members of the Jejeti gang robbery.