General News of Thursday, 20 July 2017
One of the four persons standing trial for allegedly embarking on a robbery attack on the Founder and Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Madam Akua Donkor, was Thursday acquitted and discharged by the Accra Circuit Court.
Opoku Agyeman, was set free after the court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, established that he had no connection to the alleged robbery following a submission of no case by Agyeman’s lawyers, reports Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson.
The presiding judge ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove that Agyeman played any role in the alleged robbery, which was said to have occurred on December 30, 2016.
Hearing continues on July 27, 2017 for the remaining three accused persons, Yakubu Yusi, the Central Regional Chairman of the GFP, Barnabas Kayese, Madam Donkor’s personal driver and Abdul Razak Shaibu, to open their defence.
The accused have been charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
Two other alleged members of the gang known only as Joe and Nuamah, are currently on the run
On December, 30, 2016, Madam Donkor, in the company of Yusif and Kayase (who was driving), was in the car from Taifa to the Kotoka International Airport to catch a flight to the United States.
Prosecution explained that Madam Donkor decided to make a stopover at her house before heading for the airport.
“On reaching Sowutuom, Shaibu, Joe and Nuamah, armed with guns, appeared on a motorbike behind the vehicle. As soon as Kayase spotted the armed men, he reduced the speed of the car and switched on double hazard to signal that Madam Donkor was in the car,’’ it said.
It aadded that Kayase immediately parked the car and Shaibu, Joe and Nuamah attacked Madam Donkor.
“The robbers dragged Madam Donkor from the vehicle and snatched her travelling bag containing $30,000, a plane ticket, a Ghanaian passport, a voter’s ID card and GH¢2,000 and escaped,’’ the prosecution stated.