A 23-year- old Nigerian was yesterday jailed 15 years in hard labour by the Sogakope Circuit Court for attempting to embark on a dawn robbery operation at Kotomensahkope near Akatsi on the Akatsi -Torve road in December 2017.
The convict, Ejiogu Isdor Chijioke, a Nigerian residing in Aflao, of the Volta Region and his accomplices, failed in their attempt to rob commuters on the Akatsi – Torve road in a dawn operation as a team of police officers clashed with them during the operation leading to the arrest of Ejiogu Isdor Chijioke with the help of some residents around the area in an attempt by the convict to escape.
Chijioke during a court appearance pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
The court, presided over by Mr. Emmanuel A. Essampong, after it held that the prosecution had proved those charges beyond reasonable doubt found him guilty of the offense which Chijioke agreed to.
Passing the judgment, Mr. Essampong said he took into consideration the fact that Chijioke had been truthful during his appearance in court, he was sober with the prison term
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Julius Dzeble, told the court that on Sunday dawn, December 10, 2017, Chijioke and his team were stationed around Kotomensahkope with the intention of committing robbery.
He said a police patrol team had a tip-off about the alleged planned robbery of drivers plying that stretch of the road. The robbers on seeing the police, bolted into a nearby bush after one was gunned down by the police. The police further pursued them but they couldn’t find any. But whiles on the patrol expedition later, the police had information that somebody had rushed into a house suspected to be a thief. The convict in an attempt to escape was later apprehended.
Briefing the media after the passed judgment, the Akatsi South Police Commander, Chief Supt. Bismark Agyapong revealed that his outfit will leave no stone unturned in combating crime in the area.
Story by Agbaxode Kobla Emmanuel / www.voltanewsonline.com
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