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Police officer, journalist, and a lecturer have all been arrested for robbery

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Police officer, journalist, and a lecturer have all been arrested for robbery

Over an alleged heist, an Accra Circuit Court has detained a Police Officer, a freelance Journalist, and a Lecturer in police detention for one week.

The accused were accused of robbing several Indian businesspeople of GHC700,000, USD56,450.00, one search iPhone 13, one search iPhone 12 pro max, one search iPhone 11, two searches iPhone 7, one Infinix phone, an HP laptop, a search Dell laptop, and four Indian passports.

Madam Helena Teye, a freelance journalist, Mr Abednego Bortier, a police officer, Mr Francis Omari, a lecturer, and Elizabeth Teye, who is still at large, are the accused.

The prosecution, headed by Police Inspector Ebenezer Teye-Okuffo, informed the Court that following their arrest, they recovered four Indian passports, computers, six mobile phones, and GHC 595,665.00 and USD 45,140.00 in cash.

Mrs Kizita Naa Koowa Quarshie presided over the Court, which did not hear their petitions and deferred the matter until August 3, 2023.

The trial judge further ordered that the recovered goods be returned to the complainants.

The complainants, according to the prosecution, were Girish Sachwani, Manish Kumar, Bhosale Vijau Kantilal, and Lalwani Sunil Kumar, all Indian businesspeople and Osu residents.

The accused were identified as Teye, a freelance writer, Bortier, a police officer stationed at the Nima Police Station, and Mr Omari, an IPMC tutor in Accra.

According to the complaint, on July 19, 2023, at approximately 0800 hours, the complainants were at their home in Osu when the Police Officer dressed in a Police uniform, along with the other accused persons, knocked on their door and introduced themselves as a Special Investigation team and that they were to investigate an illegal activity based on intelligence gathered.

According to the prosecution, the defendants then chained the complainants, ransacked their rooms, and robbed them of the aforementioned objects using threats and intimidation.

The accused then loaded the stolen goods into a waiting Nissan Sentra saloon vehicle and drove away.

According to the prosecution, the complainants later filed a police report.

According to the report, the Police Officer was traced down, recognised as the officer in uniform during the heist, and detained.

During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and led the police to his residence in Dzorwulu, where they recovered GH185,105.00 and USD22,500.00.

According to the prosecution, the Police Officer revealed that the journalist, professor, and Madam Teye were his collaborators.

According to the report, investigations led to the journalist’s arrest in Legon Gardens on July 22, 2023, and during questioning, she told the investigation team that the complainants were engaging in money laundering, which prompted their action.

According to the report, the crew then brought her to her home in Lakeside, near Madina, where GH63,800.00 in cash was discovered during a check of her chamber.

According to the prosecution, she reportedly told the team that the money discovered in her room was her portion of the bounty.

According to the report, she admitted to taking some of the money to her buddy in Teshie after she learned of the Police Officer’s detention.

According to the prosecution, the journalist then took the Police team to the aforementioned acquaintance in Teshie to obtain GH242,100.00 and USS18,640.00.

The professor was also followed down and detained near Danquah Circle in Osu, where he confessed to the crime and led the team to his residence in Amasaman-Fise, where GH64.920.00 and USD 2,000.00 were recovered.

On July 23, 2023, the accused brought the Police to the crime site and revealed how they robbed the complainants.

According to the prosecution, the accused videotaped the heist and the films were recovered from the journalist’s laptop.

It was stated that following the incident, the accused proceeded to a private apartment of the accused Police in La and split the booty.

The team recovered a total of GH595,665.00 and USD45, 140.00 from the accused and kept them as exhibits in court.

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Suspect who reportedly stabbed Hawa Koomson’s son remanded

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During the incident, Ato Koomson, the son of incumbent MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, was stabbed in the chest and sent to Accra's 37 Military Hospital. Three members of the NDC were also injured and admitted to the Kasoa Polyclinic.

On Thursday, June 6, 2024, an Accra High Court remanded defendant Usman Haruna into police custody. Haruna is accused of stabbing Ato Koomson, the son of Awutu Senya East MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, following a skirmish at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters at Ofaakor, near Kasoa in the Central region.

Police caught the suspect during the incident that occurred on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 5 a.m., before the start of the day’s activities at the EC office, which resulted in Mr Koomson’s stabbing.

The suspect is scheduled to appear again in court on June 19, 2024.

According to eyewitnesses, the fight began after a quarrel about the queuing of voters attempting to transfer their ballots to the constituency.

During the incident, Ato Koomson, the son of incumbent MP Mavis Hawa Koomson, was stabbed in the chest and sent to Accra’s 37 Military Hospital.

Three members of the NDC were also injured and admitted to the Kasoa Polyclinic.

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Armed robbers attack petrol station, flee with one million cedis

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In an interview, the Director of the IBM gasoline station, Kwabena Tawiah, urged for more police patrol in the area.

Armed robbers allegedly stormed the IBM petrol station at Pakyi Number 2 in Ashanti Region’s Amansie West area.

According to eyewitnesses, armed men stormed into the station’s office, deactivated the CCTV, and grabbed the digital video recorder.

According to sources, the gang stole one million cedis and tied the hands of five gasoline attendants and a security guard.

In an interview, the Director of the IBM gasoline station, Kwabena Tawiah, urged for more police patrol in the area.

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Chop-bar owner implicated in three murders denies participation

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One of his victims is an anonymous lady in her 30s who was found dead, half dressed, at the Otorkporlu Bridge, off the Odumase-Asesewa route in the Eastern Region. The woman had been subjected to terrible actions such as cutting her tongue and private regions. The motivation behind these horrible deeds is unknown, with Tetteh claiming that the chop bar owner paid him GHS500 every operation. In an unexpected twist, the chop bar owner, who Tetteh claims recruited him for these ceremonies, flatly denies any participation in the deaths.

A chop bar owner who has been linked to three murders has denied any participation in the crimes.

Richard Tetteh, a 35-year-old suspect in the killings, identified her as the mastermind.

According to reports, Tetteh claimed that the local chop bar food vendor employed him to remove fluids from his victims’ noses and private regions.

One of his victims is an anonymous lady in her 30s who was found dead, half-dressed, at the Otorkporlu Bridge, off the Odumase-Asesewa route in the Eastern Region.

The woman had been subjected to terrible actions such as cutting her tongue and private regions.

The motivation behind these horrible deeds is unknown, with Tetteh claiming that the chop bar owner paid him GHS500 every operation.

In an unexpected twist, the chop bar owner, who Tetteh claims recruited him for these ceremonies, flatly denies any participation in the deaths.

During an interrogation by the district police, she vehemently denies Tetteh’s charges, claiming that she has never planned a murder in her life.

As the inquiry continues, Tetteh and the chop bar owner remain in police jail, awaiting more interrogation and legal action.

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