fulani robber

Two Fulani herdsmen, who together with a tailor and three others (at large), stopped vehicles at Assin Kwata on the Takoradi-Kumasi road, robbed passengers and shot dead a 26-year- old trader, have been arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court.

They have been charged with four counts of robbery and the murder of Abubakari Apuri.

The suspects, Ali Osman, Ahmadu Osmanu ? both herdsmen ? and Haruna Assoh, a tailor, were said to have blocked the main road at Assin Kwata wielding guns and robbing passengers.

They pleaded not guilty and have been remanded on the orders of the trial judge, Francis Obiri, to reappear on June 23, 2014.

Narrating events leading to the arrest of the suspects, the prosecutor, DSP Aidan Dery, told the court that on June 2, 2014 at about 11:00 pm, a truck loaded with cement and driven by Maama Kwaku, was journeying from Takoradi to Kumasi.

He said on reaching Assin Kwata, the driver realized that there was a heavy traffic jam and on moving closer, he saw that six armed men suspected to be of Fulani extraction, who were heavily armed, had stopped all the vehicles and robbed the passengers of their money and mobile phones.

According to DSP Dery, the information was discreetly relayed to the Assin Fosu police who proceeded to the place and on seeing the police, the suspects fled into the bush, adding that during the attack one Abubakari Apuri was shot in the lower abdomen and was taken to the St Francis Xavier Hospital at Assin Fosu where he later died.

He stated that Ali Osman was arrested at the Assin Praso Police Barrier and when he was searched, nine mobile phones with GH?371 were found on him. DSP Dery said some of the passengers identified some of the phones as theirs.

He maintained that the following day one of the suspects called Abudu Umar Saddick, who was riding an unregistered motorbike, refused to stop when ordered by the police to do so and was shot dead by the police.

The prosecutor indicated that when the bag of the deceased was searched it contained one locally manufactured pistol with five rounds of live ammunition, a Lacoste shirt, hammer, chisel, and other assorted tools.

He said the Lacoste was later identified by one of the passengers as the shirt worn by one of the suspects.

According to him, investigations were still ongoing.

By Fidelia Achama

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