Two citizen of Nigeria who robbed a customer of a bank in Kumasi, Ghana, and made away with about 30,000 cedis have been sentenced to a total of 40 years imprisonment as they will both serve 20 years each. The two Nigerians, whose names were given as Emeka Opara and Samuel Kalu, were said to have been arrested by policemen of the Ashanti Region Division after they attack a customer of a bank (name withheld) and succeeded in bolting away with the customer’s bag containing the sum of 30,000 cedis.
One Ghanaian cedi is about N52.38 at the official market. That means that 30,000 cedis is about N1,571,400. It was gathered that following the report of the incident by the victim at the police division, the police launched a manhunt and on May 30, 2022, the two men were arrested and were eventually charged to court.
According to a statement on the matter by the Ghana Police Service and posted on its Facebook wall on Thursday, following their arraignment, they were on Thursday each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
According to the statement; “Two armed robbers who were arrested by the police in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region have been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for robbery.
“The two, Emeka Opara and Samuel Kalu, were arrested on May 30, 2022, following their attack on a victim at a bank at Abrepo Junction, where they succeeded in running away with a bag containing an amount of Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵ 30,000).
“The police were able to retrieve the GH₵30,000 and successfully prosecuted them. Because the two have been duly convicted and are no longer suspects, we have displayed their images in line with our new standard operating procedure.
“Any member of the public who can recognize any of them in connection with other crimes should kindly contact the nearest police station for further action,” the statement concluded.