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4 policemen arrested over bullion van robberies denied bail for the fourth time

The four Police constables who are facing charges for their respective roles in the bullion Van attacks have been denied bail again.

This is the fourth time the accused persons have been denied bail by the Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court in Accra which was differently constituted presided over by Her Honour Mrs Evelyn Asamoah after refusing the bail application directed the prosecution to file disclosures.

At the last court sitting, the plea of the four constables was taken before Her Honour Mrs Patricia Amponsah.

They are facing two charges of attempt to commit crime to wit; robbery and Abetment.

The four police officers are Constable Yaro Afisu Ibrahim, (A1), Constable Albert Ofosu, (A2), Constable Richard Boadu, (A3), and Constable Rabiu Jambedu, (A4).

At the last Court sitting, Razak Alhassan alias Zak,(A5), who is said to be a scrap dealer was discharged after the prosecution amended the charge sheet.

In court on Monday, April 25, 2022, DSP Sylvester Asare Asare opposed the grant of bail after the defence lawyers’ prayers for bail.

The case has been adjourned to May 17, 2022 by the relieving judge Mrs Evelyn Asamoah.

Brief facts

The brief facts of the case as presented to the court by DSP Asare were that, the first four are police officers while the fifth is a scrap dealer.

DSP Asare told the court that, sometimes in the year 2021, the Ghana Police Service administration recorded series of street robberies as well as attacks on bullion vans.

He said the Service mounted surveillance on the suspected robbers undertaking these unlawful activities within the capital.

DSP Asare said, on February 22, 2022, the Police received a report of an attacked on bullion Van with Registration number GN 424-14 at North Kaneshie, a suburb of Accra by some gunmen.

He said, the Police launched an investigation into the alleged robbery which led to the arrest of the Constable Reindolph Gyimah Ansah alias Pablo [deceased] who admitted the offence during interrogation.

“Further enquiries led to the arrest of Lance Corporal [L/Cpl.] Stephen Nyame [also deceased] and the accused persons herein.”

He told the court that, “the accused persons during interrogation admitted taking part in the multiple Bullion Van robberies recorded in the Greater Accra Region including, the robbery which took place in February 2021 at Kingsway opposite the Freemason Society, Baastona- Spintex road in March 2021, Jamestown-Adedemkpo incident in June 2021 which led to theuntimelydeathof PoliceConstable EmmanuelOsei.”

Investigations

DSP Asare said, during the investigation the late [L/Cpl.] Stephen Nyame and Constable Reindolph Gyimah Ansah mentioned two Nigerians including Omor Niaja as accomplices currently on the run and that some of the weapons used in the robberies were with their Nigerian accomplices around Ashiaman.

On March 6, 2022, the late [L/Cpl.] Stephen Nyame and Constable Reindolph Gyimah Ansah alias Pablo led the Police to a suburb of Ashiaman to apprehend the said two Nigerians.

“The Ashiaman operation or raid resulted in an exchange of gunshots which later led to death of the two officers.”

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

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