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Kantamanto trader swindles business woman

BY: Debby A. Yemeh and Julius A. Akuffo
A Kantamanto based Nigerian trader has been hauled before court.
A Kantamanto based Nigerian trader has been hauled before court.

For allegedly stealing two bags containing various sums of money and personal items, a Kantamanto based Nigerian trader has been hauled before court.

 


Ikena Uche, 22, was charged with stealing two bags containing 143.00 CFA and GH¢43.00, together with personal items and documents, belonging to Sherifatu Adewosi. 

 

Uche pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was presented to the court presided over by Mr James Kojo Botah.

He was subsequently granted bail in the sum of GH¢2000, with a surety. The case was adjourned to September 6, 2016.

The facts of the case, presented by Inspector John Gohoho to the court, were that on August 16, 2016 at 11 p.m. Sherifatu, a Nigerian business woman, arrived in Ghana on transit to Abidjan but missed the bus.

She, therefore, decided to wait till the next day.  While waiting, she took medicine to ease a pain in her right arm after which she dozed off.

According to prosecution, when Sherifatu woke up she felt weak and dizzy and could not even carry her bags.

Uche then approached her and offered to help her with the bags.  Sherifatu refused initially, but later on accepted his offer. 

Inspector Gohoho said Uche took her to a bath house at Kantamanto so she could take her bath. 

After bathing, Sherifatu went back to where she left her bag with Uche but the accused and the two bags containing her money and personal belongings were not there.

The prosecutor said she  searched for Uche but to no avail. The next morning, Sherifatu was lying down helplessly when some Good Samaritans came to her rescue. 

Inspector Gohoho told the court that she was escorted back to the bath house and with the assistance of some  witnesses who had previously spotted the accused and his victim at the bath house, they traced Uche and he was  apprehended and charged before the court.