Posted: Friday 14th February 2014 at 12:48 pm

Police Robbers For A-G’s Office

By Fidelia Achama

By Fidelia Achama



The docket of the two policemen accused of using an official vehicle to commit robberies within the Accra Metropolis, is to be sent to the office of the Attorney-General for advice. The accused persons have therefore been remanded into custody by the Accra Circuit Court for the second time.

The accused persons, General Lance Corporal Robert Fenning Amponsah and General Lance Corporal Isaac Nimako Yeboah, were remanded at the instance of the prosecuting officer, DSP Aidan Dery.

The suspects, stationed at the Communication National Protection and Formed Police Units, allegedly committed the offence with two accomplices – Lance Cpl Andrew Adu-Opoku and one Bright, an alleged informant.

The two accomplices have both gone underground since the arrest of their colleagues.

DSP Dery told the court that the police was on the hunt for the two who had absconded, but the trial judge, Francis Obiri, said the court could not wait for those who were at large and instructed that the suspects should be dealt with as individuals.

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and four counts of robbery, but they have denied the charges.

The facts of the case as presented by the prosecution are that the police administration had been receiving complaints of some police officers perpetrating robbery against unsuspecting members of the public.

He said that the police conducted investigations and it was revealed that the suspects used a marked police Nissan Patrol vehicle to commit the robberies.

According to him, based on their investigations, a certain Amponsah, a driver in-charge of a service vehicle with registration number GP 3517, was arrested for questioning and he admitted the offence in his caution statement and mentioned Yeboah and Adu-Poku as his accomplices.

The DSP said this led to  the arrest of Yeboah who admitted in his caution statement that he, together with Amponsah and Adu-Poku, robbed their victims of GH¢3,500 in the month of October and November, 2013.

Yeboah has, however, denied being part of the team that robbed victims last on January, 11 and 18, 2014.

The police officer said investigations revealed that the accused persons committed robbery and added that Amponsah often used the service vehicle with registration number GP 3517, which was meant to convey his commander to work, for their robbery operations.

Furthermore, he noted that Yeboah used service weapons assigned to him for official duties, to join his accomplices whenever they went for robbery, while Adu-Poku was responsible for the procurement of number plates for the robbery vehicles. Bright provided information on their victims.

The prosecutor observed that a different fake number plate for each robbery was provided by Adu-Poku which was usually embossed on the original fixed number plate before they embarked on each operation.

 

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