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The Fiapre Circuit Court, in the Brong Ahafo Region, has granted bail to three of the five alleged armed robbers, who attacked passengers on the Nsoatre-Berekum road.

They were granted GH˘20,000 bail with one surety each, pending the advice from the Attorney General’s Department. They are Huru Watar 38, Hamza Musah, 45, and Abdul Hamidu Zibo, 28, all unemployed.

Abudu Dramani, 30, and Suraji Osman, 22, also unemployed were remanded into prison custody to assist the police with their investigations.

All the accused persons would appear before the court on February 22.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Alex Fosu told the court, presided over by Mr. Benjamin Osei that the complainants were from Saint Theresa’s Parish of the Roman Catholic Church at Berekum.

He said on January 16, they attended a prayer retreat at a grotto near Amanfoso, along the Nsoatre-Berekum road and on their return realized that the road had been blocked with boulders and wood with five armed robbers holding guns and clubs.

The prosecutor said the driver did a detour but was given a chase by the robber.

The victims’ vehicle collided by another vehicle which enabled the occupants to escape to the retreat grounds and was later escorted by the Berekum Police to safety.

He said the armed robbers made away with two diaries, a flat file and GH˘150.

Chief Inspector Fosu said the police had information the following day that armed robbers had blocked the road again but when they got there the robbers had escaped.

He said the police combed the area and found the armed robbers hiding in an uncompleted building and arrested them.

They found two live cartridges in Dramani’s pocket and he led the police to a nearby bush where weapons used in the robbery were hidden.
Source: The Ghanaian Times

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