Bullion van robberies: Police officers refused bail, civilian acquitted

Charged for attempted robbery and abetment, the police officers are believed to be behind recent bullion van robberies recorded in the Greater Accra Region.

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Four policemen who are standing for their alleged involvement in recent bullion van robberies in the Greater Accra Region have been refused bail in their third court appearance by the Accra Circuit Court.

During the hearing yesterday, April 5, 2022, the defense lawyer tabled a plea for bail, explaining that there was little evidence to prove his clients' involvement in the matter and that as police officers, they were not flight risks.

The Prosecution led by Sylvester Asare however vehemently opposed, indicating that it had withdrawn the old charge sheet and replaced it with an amended one and therefore requested that the accused persons be remanded again. 

The presiding judge, Patricia Amponsah consequently denied the bail plea, on grounds that the defense lawyer did not have enough reasons to prove his clients should be granted bail.

A civilian, Razak Alhassan, who was also standing trial together with the officers has been acquitted by the court after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to link him to the crime.

They are to make their next court appearance on April 25, 2022.

The four policemen, Constables Yaro Afisu Ibrahim, Albert Ofosu, Richard Boadu, and Rabiu Jambedu, who were arrested during a  special operation in March, have however maintained a plea of not guilty since the trial began. 

They are facing charges of attempting to commit robbery and abetment of crime.