Pastor, 2 others arrested for GH₵2m robbery


Pastor of the Mogya Kokoo Church at Abofu, near Achimota, Justice Osei Kofi has been arrested by the Accra Region Police Command for his alleged involvement in steal­ing a total of about GHC2 million.

The robbery, executed in November 2011, was carried out by the pastor and two other accused per­sons; namely, Nana Ama Agyeiwaa, a.k.a. Nadia; and Avo Kevorkion, a Lebanese national, who are currently serving a 15-year jail term.

Narrating the details of the arrest to the press, the Accra Region Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Po­lice (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno stated that Justice conspired with the other two accused persons to rob Cemix Company Limited, dealers in power generating sets and plants, within the period mentioned and made away with GH₵85,000, $320,000 and €110,000.

Detailing the modus operandi of Justice and his accom­plices, the Accra Region Commander held that Avo, an em­ployee of the said company, sold out his boss to the said pastor and Nadia, presenting them to his boss as potential buyers and the robbery was carried out.

After the robbery, the MD raised an alarm immediately, attracting the attention of the public and a motorist, who pursued the robbers and arrested Nadia.

Justice bolted and went into hiding, until his arrest from his hideout at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region over the weekend through police intelligence.

The leader and founder of ‘Mogya Kokoo’ has since confessed to his involvement in the crime and has been ar­raigned before court.

In a related development, Samuel Larkotey Lartey, 36, a banker, and Kwaku Boateng, 45, a trader, have both been arrested for robbing a bank.

The two conspired and burgled an amount of GH₵11,300 from three different branches and locations of a reputable bank in the capital, Accra.

Samuel Larkotey Lartey, Operations Officer of the bank and also the guardian of the vault keys, went to the bank on March 3, 2014 and stole the said amount.

During police investigations, it was discovered that Samuel embezzled money from the bank and master­minded the robbery to cover up his trails.

Investigations are still ongoing to bring other perpetra­tors in this case to book, while the two suspects are being processed for court.

DCOP Yohuno is advising the public to thoroughly check the backgrounds of their employees and also keep large sums of monies at the banks.

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