• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Five car snatchers jailed 75 years

Five people have been sentenced to 15 years in jail by the Tamale Circuit Court, presided over by His Honor Alexandra Oworae, for stealing a Toyota Camry car in Banvum, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern region.

Ibrahim Issah, 27, Mohammed Mustapha, 23, Vivor Christopher, 27, Benyamin Ajyei, 23, and Seyram Addo, 29, were found guilty.

This was after they pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to rob, robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, and unlawful possession of police and military accoutrements.

The sentence of fifteen years will be served consecutively.

However, another defendant, Alhassan Mohammed, a teacher who is suspected of being a gang informant, has pleaded not guilty to the accusations and has been remanded in detention until February 9, 2022.

Mahama Nashiru alias Mohammed, 28, was detained in connection with the matter and brought before the Tamale Circuit Court, where he was given bail of Gh 50,000 with two sureties.

On February 3, 2022, he is scheduled to return to court.

The five were apprehended by the Buipe highway patrol squad on duty at Sawaba Police checkpoint on Sunday, January 23, 2022, in two vehicles with registration numbers AS8445-19 and GX6923-20.

A search of them turned out 13 different phones, one Falcon Foreign Pistol filled with 9mm ammunition, a wallet containing a number of keys, two shackle keys, two Voter’s ID Cards, Melcom card, Access Bankcard, and GHC21.20p in cash. In the Toyota Camry Spider with registration number GX6923-20, military outfits, police ballistic helmets, and police uniforms were also discovered.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has distanced itself from an accused military commander who was arrested with four others in Buipe, Savannah, for allegedly stealing a car in Tamale, Northern Ghana.

“We wish to say clearly that the suspect is not a soldier of the Ghana Armed Forces,” said Andy La-Anyone, Commander Acting Director Public Relations for the Ghana Armed Forces. The Armed Forces are concerned about a developing trend of civilians impersonating military officers by wearing military uniforms or publishing phony images of themselves as military officers on social media to mislead unsuspecting Ghanaians.”

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