Alleged Fidelity Bank Robber remanded

Alleged Fidelity Bank Robber remanded


An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a Vault Assistant at the Fidelity Bank in Kaneshie, for multiple charges.

The Accused, Osman Abdul Gafaru, was alleged to have conspired with one Caesar, and sneaked to the security post, for the keys to the main gate of the bank. They were said to have entered the premises of the said bank at Kaneshie and had locked the main gate. Court documents stated that the Accused and his accomplice, used a pinch bar and a claw hammer to break into the banking hall.

The incident happened around 7:30 pm, at the bank premises, when the security man, Thomas Aboagye who was at post at that moment, had gone out to buy food. His co-worker (Complainant), was to relieve him at post around that time, but delayed. The said security man and the Complainant, Bless Ayikoe, are workers at the Checks and Alert security services.

The Complainant arrived at the bank premises, and repeatedly knocked on the main gate, but nobody responded. He therefore climbed into the bank yard, and whilst entering the banking hall, Caesar attacked him with a military knife and stabbed him in his right palm and forehead. The Complainant started bleeding profusely, and screamed for help. A group of young men heard him and came to his rescue.

The Accused, on hearing the screaming, tried to escape, but he was arrested by a mob. Caesar, however, managed to escape. The mob sent the Accused, together with a bag, containing a pair of handcuffs, two masks, a twine and other offensive items, to the Kaneshie Police station. The Complainant has been sent to the hospital for treatment.

In his preliminary statement, the Accused, who was with a defence Counsel, pleaded not guilty to the four counts of conspiracy, unlawful entry, attempt to commit crime, to wit, robbery and causing unlawful damage, respectively. He was remanded into custody to reappear in court, on Wednesday, the 14th of December, 2016.

His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, was the presiding Judge, and Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu, was the Prosecutor.