In a harrowing incident, the Secretary to the Executive Secretary of the President, Nana Asante-Bediatuo at the office of the President, Hamida Nuhu, fell victim to a terrifying robbery at her residence in the Airport Residential area of Accra. According to her testimony before a Circuit Court in Accra, she was attacked by a masked man brandishing a pistol on March 26, 2023, at approximately 2:04 am.
The assailant made off with a staggering haul, including US$114,500, £800, GH¢50,000, and €3,000 from a trunk in her closet. Additionally, he absconded with GH¢2,000 and US$800.00, along with unspecified amounts of other foreign currencies and valuable jewellery.
The entire incident was captured by a CCTV camera installed at the lawyer’s home at Premier Place. The footage revealed the robber entering and exiting her room, while other accomplices were spotted surrounding the house.
Following an extensive investigation, the police managed to arrest eight suspects in connection with the robbery. The accused individuals are Richmond Tetteh (alias Metiti), Mawuli Heletsi (aka Mosquito), David Kokvina, Joseph Nii Amu Offei (alias Gaza, aka Hero), Malik Alhassan (alias Goliath @ Ababe), Dennis Adu Ninson (alias NAM1), Mustapha Mumuni (alias Starboy), and Zuberu Mustapha (alias One Corner).
The suspects face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and robbery. All of them have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting further trial proceedings. While some have been granted bail, others remain in police custody, with the court set to reconvene on July 31, 2023.
Superintendent Augustine Yirenkyi, the prosecutor, revealed that Mawuli Heletsi was the one who robbed the lawyer at gunpoint, aided by accomplice David Kokvina. Furthermore, CCTV footage showed Joseph Nii Amu Offei arriving at the scene on a motorbike.
One of the suspects, Richmond Tetteh, was apprehended after displaying some of the stolen items at Gaza Spot. He informed the police that David Kokvina had given him one of the stolen rings as his share, but Mawuli Heletsi forcibly retrieved it from him.
Malik Alhassan also confessed to his involvement, stating that he had given his share of the loot to Mustapha Mumuni and Zuberu Mustapha. He further admitted to consuming a substance, suspected to be cocaine, provided by Mustapha Mumuni and Zuberu Mustapha before the robbery to boost his energy levels.
Dennis Adu Ninson, on the other hand, denied any wrongdoing, claiming that Mawuli Heletsi and David Kokvina were solely responsible for the act.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Mawuli Heletsi and David Kokvina had fled to Dambai in the Oti Region after the robbery to seek spiritual protection from their alleged spiritual father, who is now a witness in the case.
Efforts are underway to apprehend other accomplices believed to be involved in the robbery as the trial continues, with the court hearing further testimonies and examining the evidence.