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Crime & Punishment Mon, 29 May 2006

Two nabbed after attempting to rob a businessman of 30,000 pounds

Accra, May, 29, GNA - Two men who attempted to rob a businessman of his 30,000 pounds sterling at gun point last Wednesday have been nabbed by the police.

They are Kofi Anna Norman 25, a mobile phone dealer and Dennis Nortey 24, a contractor believed to be working with Happy Shoppers, Tema. Bolaji an accomplice is however on the run. Speaking to the GNA in Accra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Douglas Akrofi Aseidu, Greater Accra Regional Commander said on May 24, this year at about 1300 hours, Alhaji Alhaji Hamidu, a businessman boarded an Opel Astra taxicab with registration number GR 4453 X to a Forex Bureaux at Nima to change 224.9 million cedis into pounds sterling.

ACP Asiedu said soon after transacting business, Alhaji Hamidu boarded the same vehicle and drove towards Okaishie. On reaching the Regional Coordinating Council offices junction, one of the suspects beckoned him to stop but he ignored him. He said on reaching the Trade Union Congress Traffic Light, the traffic light had indicated red as such the driver of the taxicab, Mr John Kojo Atoh stopped.

The Greater Accra Regional Commander said the three men ran towards the complainant's taxicab, forcibly opened the doors and entered the car. He said one of the robbers held Alhaji Hamidu and pulled out a fully loaded pistol, pointed it at him and asked him to surrender all his monies.

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The driver, Mr Atoh sensing danger, immediately crossed an approaching police vehicle.

"The driver told the Police who questioned his recklessness about the incident. The police then apprehended Norman and Nortey," ACP Asiedu said.

The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander said the police had intensified its search for Bolaji, adding that his accomplice have been arraigned and remanded by a court in Accra. He commended Mr. Atoh's action but described it as dangerous. ACP Asiedu advised businessmen to be cautious about the way and manner they carry monies in the city.

Source: GNA
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