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I changed GH¢1.3 million for my US trip – Akua Donkor

Cross-examination of Madam Akua Donkor, founder of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), was completed on Monday in a case in which she alleges that she had been robbed by four persons.

Madam Donkor told the Accra circuit court hearing the case that she used GH¢1.3 million in exchange for the $30,000 stolen by the accused persons.

The counsel for the accused persons asked the complainant whether she had receipt for the monies exchanged, to which she replied, “l got it from the black market.”

Asked, how many times she had travelled outside the country and to which countries, the GFP founder said she had travelled to the United States, Italy and Nigeria.

The accused persons are Yakubu Yusif, trader and Central Regional Chairman of the GFP; Banabas Kayase, Akua’s driver and secretary of the party; Opoku Agyemang, trader and Abdul Razak Shaibu, a member of a GPRTU taskforce.

Two others – Joe and Nuamah aka Lion – are currently on the run. Meanwhile, the accused persons are on remand.

The prosecution said on the day, Akua together with Yusif and Kayase were on board her vehicle – a Mitsubishi Pajero with registration number GT 6028-16 – from Taifa and heading towards the Kotoka International Airport to catch a flight to the United States of America.

Chief Superintendent Duuti Tuaruka, prosecuting, said on December 30, 2016 at Taifa in Accra, the six persons conspired to rob Madam Akua Donkor.

The prosecutor said the accused persons at about 02:30 am at Sowutuom, a suburb of Accra, robbed Akua Donkor at gunpoint and snatched her travelling bag containing plane ticket, Ghanaian passport, voter ID card, $30,000 and GH¢3,000.00.

“Akua decided to pass home and on reaching Sowutuom immediately after the Agbeve Herbal Clinic area, Opoku called Kayase on phone and asked where they had reached while Razak, Joe and Lion were waiting to execute their agenda,” Chief Supt Tuaruka told the court.

He said the three, armed with guns on board an unregistered motorbike, appeared behind the vehicle, and “as soon as Kayase spotted the armed men, he reduced the speed of the car, showing double hazard indicators that the complainant was in the car.”

Kayase, according to the prosecutor, parked the vehicle and the armed men attacked the complainant with guns and took the monies and the items, then dragged her from the vehicle and escaped with the booty.

The prosecution said on 31st December, last year, Razak was arrested when he was called by Yusif to come for his share of the booty.

When Razak was searched, $4,900 was retrieved from him.

He said upon interrogation Razak admitted the offence and mentioned Joe and Nuamah as his accomplices.

He said that after the operation, they shared the monies and threw the bag into a nearby bush at Anyaa.

He led the police to retrieve the bag together.

The case was adjourned to April 6.

 

 

 

 

Source: GNA

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