Musa Amadu, a Marketing Manager, has appeared before an accra Circuit Court for stealing.
Amadu and three others -Alex Osei-Boateng, Benjamin Chikpa and Daniel Akwei ? all at large, are said to have acted together and did steal 12 pieces of Dimes Pineapple Juice valued at GH?48, belonging to Newest First Catering ? a catering service enterprise in Accra.
Amadu is facing another charge of being at the Kotoka International Airport for an unlawful purpose.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge in the court presided over by Mrs. Ellen Vivian Amoah.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Michael Jubiok said the complainant, one Irene Ayitor-Bright, is the manageress of Newest First Catering Limited, located along the Spintex Road in Accra, while Amadu is also a marketing officer residing at Mamobi, Accra.
He said Osei-Boateng, Chikpa and Akwei are ?loading boys? and driver respectively, explaining that Ayitor-Bright?s company provides services for flights at the Kotoka International Airport; but for some time now, the company had been detecting that its foreign drinks and raw materials used in the preparation of foods had been vanishing.
According to Chief Inspector Jubiok, information received from reliable sources indicated that some of the company?s workers had been stealing the drinks on their way to the airport.
He said due to that, management put in place some measures to tighten security, indicating that on January 15, at about 5:30 pm, the management dispatched a truck with registration number GC 9857-12, which had the second and the third accused persons on board and driven by the fourth accused, to go and serve Emirates flight at the airport.
Chief Inspector Jubiok said instead of the driver using the main road, he decided to use the bush road leading to the airport because of their criminal intent.
He further stated that on reaching an area near the tarmac, Osei-Boateng, Chikpa and Akwei conspired with Amadu and started offloading the assorted drinks and succeeded in stealing one carton of the drink and loaded it into an unregistered Toyota Camry salon car belonging to Amadu.
He said Amadu was arrested in the process by a witness in the case who laid ambush, whiles Osei-Boateng, Chikpa and Akwei managed to escape and abandoned the truck.
Fortunately, Chief Inspector Jubiok stated , the Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Alhassan Ahmed, who was on his usual monitoring duties, appeared at the scene and Amadu was handed over to him, who in turn handed him over to the Airport Police Patrol Team, together with the vehicle for investigation.
He said further police investigations revealed that Amadu had been meeting the second, third, and fourth accused persons severally in the vicinity of the airport with his unregistered Toyota Camry for their underground businesses.
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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson