A self-styled Footballer has been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court for robbery.
The Accused, Misbau Afolabi, a footballer, robbed the church members of Tabernacle of Hope International Church at Lashibi of their mobile phones, laptop computers and unspecified sums of money, whilst the congregation was having an all night service at their church auditorium at Lashibi in Accra, the Police said.
The Accused was charged with conspiracy and robbery but said he was innocent of the charges preferred against him by the Prosecution. In his preliminary statement before the court, the Accused said that he was not the one who committed the offences adding that he was not an armed robber.
The court, presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh remanded the Accused into lawful custody to reappear on Tuesday, the 19th of April, 2016.
Background to the Case
Earlier, the Prosecutor, DSP Kwaku Bempah informed the court that the Complainant, Jerry Akotia is an assistant pastor of Tabernacle of Hope International Church at Lashibi whilst the Accused, Misbau Afolabi claims to be a footballer who lives at Community One (1) Site Ten (10) in Tema, Accra.
The Police officer said that on the 26th of January, 2013, at about 2:30am, whilst the church was having an all night service at the church auditorium, the accused and two others who are on the run, wielding one locally made pistol and a pump action gun attacked the congregation, ordered them to lie down at gun point and succeeded in robbing them of their various possessions including mobile phones, laptop computers and unspecified sums of money.
Prosecution also stated that a Witness in this case, also a church member, who saw the Accused person during the act (robbery) informed the Head Pastor about it, adding that a complaint was lodged at the Lashibi Police Station for investigations.
DSP Bempah reiterated that on the 28th of March, 2016, the Accused was spotted by the Witness and informed the Tema Police who arrested and later handed him over to the Accra Regional Police for further investigation into the case, asserting that the Accused in his Caution Statement denied the robbery but after investigations, the Accused was charged with the offences of conspiracy and robbery respectively.