Man Detained Over Robbery in Former Vice President Wife’s Residence

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Man detained over robbery at former Vice President’s wife’s residence. Stay updated on this developing incident.

A self-proclaimed entrepreneur has been presented in the High Court in Accra, accused of planning and executing robberies targeting prominent individuals and affluent households.

Yahuza Osumanu, in addition to robbing a 76-year-old woman in Ridge, is charged with assaulting and robbing Matilda Yaaba Amissah Arthur, the wife of a former Vice President, by strangulation and repeatedly striking her head with his firearm.

The prosecution claims he escaped with GH₵28,000, £50, and $2,200 from the former Second Lady’s home. It’s further alleged that he conducted similar robberies using the same violent approach on wealthy individuals in upscale neighborhoods, resulting in the theft of valuables amounting to millions of Ghana cedis.

The prosecution revealed that among the stolen items were two Rolex watches valued at $61,000, two Cartier wristwatches valued at $19,000, an iPhone 15 Pro Max worth $1,000, and jewelry worth $50,000, among others. Furthermore, it was alleged that the accused used the proceeds from these crimes to purchase luxury vehicles and apartments for himself, including a Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Prado, and Lexus.

Led by Chief State Attorney Frances M. Ansah, the prosecution brought forth 26 charges of robbery and money laundering against the accused on April 16. Despite pleading not guilty during the court proceedings presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, the accused has been detained in prison custody until his next court appearance scheduled for May 2 of this year.

CSA Ansah outlined the case, revealing that in the second quarter of 2023, the Police CID received numerous reports of home invasions carried out by a lone armed perpetrator across various neighborhoods, including Airport, Cantonments, Tesano, and Ridge.

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On September 17, 2023, a resident at Kaeela Court Apartments in Airport Residential Area reported to the Airport Police that his home had been robbed at approximately 2:30 am. Following the report, a police team promptly responded to the scene. The complainant recounted that the accused had entered their residence, brandished a pistol, and demanded money and valuable items, resulting in the loss of Rolex watches, cash, and other belongings.

Subsequently, CCTV footage from Kaeela Court Apartments, provided by Dr. Abu Sakara Foster on December 4, 2023, played a crucial role in identifying the accused.

Additional incidents of robbery were reported on December 4 and December 5, 2023, involving Daniel Kwame Osafo, Tracy Osei-Hyeaman, and Mrs. Amissah Arthur. In these cases, the accused allegedly wielded a pistol, demanded valuables from the victims, and fled the scene after completing the robberies.

The CCTV footage and other pieces of evidence gathered from these incidents played a pivotal role in identifying and tracking down the accused, ultimately leading to his apprehension on December 15, 2023, in Kasoa.

Source: Graphic Online

 

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