An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a 28-year-old farmer, Yakubu Iddrisu, into police custody for conspiring to commit robbery with one Imoro, who is currently at large.
Iddrisu was arraigned before court on December 14, 2021, to reappear in ten days (December 24) for continuation of his trial by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh.
Prior to Iddrisu being remanded, the court was told by the prosecuting officer, Inspector Eric Pobee, that on December 12, 2021, the complainant was in-charge of a VW Polo car with registration number GE 6142-21.
According to him, the complainant was using the car for private hiring services or ride hailing, namely Uber.
He said Iddrisu and Imoro, who have no permanent place of abode, placed an order on the Uber app, for which the complainant was assigned to pick and drive them from Korle Bu to the Airport Residential Area.
The prosecuting officer narrated that while the complainant drove Iddrisu and his accomplice to the National Banking College area, the accused, who was in the front seat, pointed a pistol at him and Imoro also pulled a cutlass and ordered him to surrender all items on him, including the ignition key.
He stated that the complainant handed over the ignition key, his Samsung A2 mobile phone, and an unspecified amount of money to them.
“They abandoned the complainant and bolted with vehicle. The complainant rushed to the road side to seek help. A Police Inspector, who was on board his private vehicle, pulled up and chased the accused and his accomplice,” he added.
Inspector Pobee said the police officer who had his official sidearm on him, fired a warning shot and this resulted in the accused persons abandoning the vehicle together with the phone to flee.
“At the same time, [a] police patrol team came around. They searched the area and arrested the accused, but his accomplice managed to escape,” he asserted.
The prosecuting officer told the court that Iddrisu, in his caution statement, said that was a farmer at Yendi, but decided to come and look for a job in Accra.
He met the accomplice who promised him a job.