The Accra Regional Police Command has arrested and charged a National Security Officer for robbery. The accused person, Issaaku Zibirim, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery, contrary to sections 23 and 149 of Act 29/60 of the 1960 Criminal Code.
The accused was assisted by one Simon, now at large, and other accomplices who are yet to be arrested by the police.
The prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Adu, informed an Accra Circuit Court presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, that the accused is a National Security Officer.
Narrating the facts to the Court, the Prosecutor said the Complainant, Chief Sugru Layman, is a businessman who lives at Westland, Accra and has parcels of land at Avenor Articulator line in Accra.
Somewhere in July 2017, the accused person, Issaku Zibrim, Simon and others at large, armed themselves with guns and cutlasses to attack the Complainant and his workers on his land. The accused Person and Simon being the leaders demanded GHC30,000 from the Complainant and threatened him that refusal to pay such an amount will lead to his death. They prevented him from working on the land. The accused Peron and his accomplice held the Complainant hostage and escorted him to his bank to withdraw the said GHC30,000 for them before they set him free. The accused person and his accomplices warned the Complainant never to inform the police.
As if that was not enough, Simon, at large, and his accomplices on February 2018 organised themselves to the site and again threatened the complainant and demand GHC40,000. The Complainant out of fear of losing his life gave the GHC40,000 to Simon on the instructions of the accused person who was calling and threatening the Complainant on phone to pay the money or else he will lose his life.
On 6th April, 2018, the accused person again went to the Complainant’s site to attack his workers. The Complainant at that point mustered courage and reported the case to the police leading to his arrest. The accused person was charged with the offences after investigation. Efforts are underway to arrest simon and other accomplices to face the law.
The accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel prayed the court for bail. He explained that the accused is a responsible man and if granted bail, he will not interfere with court proceedings. The court refused the application and remanded the accused in police custody. The case was adjourned to 28th May, 2018.