A report from The Herald has disclosed the names and designations of the individuals involved in an armed robbery at Akyem Akanteng in the Eastern Region, bringing embarrassment to the Office of the President, Jubilee House in Accra.
The implicated individuals, including four soldiers, an immigration officer, and a private security man, have been remanded in police custody by the Koforidua Circuit Court B. Notably, the Ministry of the Interior has distanced itself from the Immigration Officer, clarifying that he is not stationed at the Ministry and pledging to investigate the matter.
Initially, the names of the culprits were concealed, with only the victim, a 55-year-old cocoa purchasing clerk named Samuel Ofori, being identified.
In a report, The Herald implicates Sergeant Mensah Dominic (41 years) and Lance Corporal Tetteh Wayo (43 years), both stationed at the Jubilee House as part of the culprits.
The other individuals involved in the armed robbery incident are Lance Corporal Nyarko Bernard (28 years), stationed at ABF at Tamale Command Unit, and Private Eric Amin (23 years), stationed at 11 Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Accra but currently on leave. Additionally, Lance Corporal Richard Okyere (27 years) and an Immigration Officer stationed at the Ministry of Interior, along with Kelvin Marfo (28 years), a private security man at the 5th Hour Mining Company in Akyem Akwatia, were implicated.
The prosecution alleges that the immigration officer, responsible for a Mitsubishi L200, orchestrated the plan, picking up the two military officers from the Jubilee House and others before heading to Akyem Akanteng on November 10, 2023. Armed with military rifles, the accused reportedly invaded the complainant’s home at 3:00 am on November 11, demanding GH¢100,000 and making threats.
The frightened complainant offered GH¢10,000 cash and 5 grams of gold ore valued at GH¢29,000, which the accused took before fleeing. The police apprehended the suspects at the Osenase checkpoint, recovering military rifles, ammunition, and a helmet.
The accused face charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery, leading to their remand until November 28, 2023, as requested by Assistant State Attorney Micdad Iddrisu, to facilitate ongoing police investigations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior has refuted media reports suggesting that the Immigration Officer arraigned before the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ for involvement in an armed robbery at Akyem Akanteng is stationed at the Ministry of the Interior.
“The Ministry of the Interior wishes to inform the general public that the Immigration Officer in the media reportage is not stationed at the Ministry of the Interior as purported and as such the public should treat that reportage as false information, a statement posted on its website said.
“The Ministry, therefore, disassociates itself from the Officer and will conduct investigation to unravel the fact of the matter.
“The Ministry of the Interior remains committed and will continue to ensure peace, security, law and order in the country for the benefit of the people living in the country,” portions of the report from The Herald read.