Teshie Forex Bureau robbers in court

Accra Sept. 2, GNA
– Three persons who allegedly robbed a forex bureau of local and foreign
currencies at Teshie and six other persons of their belongings at gun point
were hauled before Court on friday.

At an Accra Circuit
Court, Stephan Bediako, aka Skyro or Mawuli, Kweku Nuworkpeh aka Olugbame and
Stephen and Abass Fuseni pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and six
counts of robbery.

The accused person
were alleged to have armed themselves with a pump action gun, two locally
manufactured pistols, 13 rounds of ammunition s to robbed their victims.

They made away with
40,000 cedis, 67,000 CFA, 20,000 Naira, Laptops mobile phones at the forex
bureau and later at Coco Palace beach on the Beach road.

The court presided
over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh remanded the accused persons into lawful custody
pending a ruling on a bail application put in by their lawyers.

Defence counsels
had earlier prayed the court to admit them to bail as they are breadwinners who
would not abscond if granted bail.

According counsels
they have relations of substance who can stand as sureties for them.

The court adjourned
the matter to September 16 to decide on the bail application.

Prosecuting Chief
Inspector Edward Afful said Mr Sani Abubakar and Yusif Issah are the 1st and 2nd
complainants and are businessmen operating Cosmos forex bureau at Teshie.

The other
complainants: Doris Oko a businesswoman was robbed of her two mobile phones and
11,000 cedis, Quist Adotey was robbed of two mobile phones Madam Esther Quist
was robbed of her mobile phone, and assorted credit cards valued 600 cedis and
her wedding ring whiles Mr Odon Chijoike Victor was robbed off his laptop, two
mobile phones and a wrist watch Chief Inspector Afful told the court that
Bediako is unemployed and resides at Teshie, while Nuworkpeh is a farmer at
Kpetoe and Fuseini also unemployed resides at Aflao in the Volta Region.

According to the
prosecutor, the three accused persons became friends about three months ago.

Chief Afful said
Bediako who resides at Teshie usually goes round during the day to conduct
survey at places to rob.

On August 23 this
year, prosecution said Bediako invited Nuworkpeh and Fuseini and they converged
at Teshie to embark on a robbery spree.

The following day,
Chief Inspector Afful said at about 0800 hours the accused persons met at
Fertilizer road at Teshie and waited opposite the Cosmos Forex bureau for the
arrival of the operators of the Forex Bureau.

As soon as the
operators of the forex bureau arrived Nuworkpeh armed with a pump action gun took
a position at the entrance of the forex bureau and ordered the operators to
surrender their mobile phones, monies and two laptops.

He said Fuseini
used the butt of his pistol to hit Mohammed and collected 40,000 cedis, CFA
67,000 and 20,000 Naira and bolted.

The two operators
of the forex bureau raised an alarm and the other sympathisers assisted them to
chase accused persons who opened fire to scare of those pursuing them.

The accused persons
ended up in a bush near the Manna Mission Hospital but a Police patrol Team
arrived at the scene and Nuworkpeh was grabbed with a sack containing 4,388
cedis and pump action gun and 13 rounds of Lion BB Cartridges.

Bediako however
threw his pistol into the bush but same was retrieved with Lion BB cartridge in
the barrel.

Prosecution contend
that investigation revealed that Nuworkpeh brought the cartridges from Kpetoe
they kept the weapons with one Kojo a resident of Teshie who is yet to be
arrested.

Chief Inspector
Afful said the monies stolen from the forex bureau could not be traced.

The accused persons
later led the police to various places to identify their victims.

GNA

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