Missing Savannah Region vehicle: Minister’s driver freed, second suspect in Court for ‘stealing’

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It has emerged that the driver of the Savannah Regional Minister, Opoku Kwadjo Evans, who was arrested in connection with the missing Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicle belonging to the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council has been freed, ABC News can report.

ABC News has gathered that Opoku was freed after the Attorney General found no wrongdoing on his part with respect to the facts of the case as presented to it by the Police investigators.

Meanwhile, the second suspect, Alhaji Suleimana Illiasu, who happens to be a friend of the  Savannah Regional Minister is currently facing trial after being charged with stealing.

Giving an update on the matter, the Northern Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent  Kwabena Otuo-Acheampong told ABC News that Alhaji Illiasu was arraigned before Court about two weeks ago and was released on bail.

Supt. Otuo-Acheampong explained that after the Police had completed its investigations, it accordingly submitted the docket to the Attorney General for advice.

He said the A-G, in its response, directed the Police to charge only Alhaji Illiasu, who is the complainant in the case with stealing and further put him before court to face trial.

“After our investigations, we submitted the docket to the Regional Attorney General’s office and then we have been directed to charge the person whose possession the vehicle was as of the time it was reportedly robbed with stealing.

“The person has been put before court and he has been released on bail. So the case is pending at the High Court,” he said.

When asked what may have informed the A-G’s decision to ‘free’ the second suspect, Supt. Otuo-Acheampong said “the A-G reviewed the evidences presented in the docket and instructed us to charge one person and we have duly complied with that directive.”

He added that the Police in Northern and Savannah regions are still working assiduously to recover the missing vehicle.

Background

One of the new vehicles President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo handed over to the newly created Savannah Region is said to have been stolen by armed robbers in July this year.

The police consequently initiated investigations to find the missing 4×4 pick-up vehicle belonging to the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council (SRCC).

The police were told by the complainant, Alhaji Suleimana Illiasu that the armed robbers snatched it at gunpoint.

The vehicle according to Alhaji Suleimana Illiasu was parked at his residence at Tamale.

Alhaji Illiasu is a friend to the Savannah Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Adam Braimah and so the Minister is said to have through the driver, Opoku Kwadjo Evans gone to park the vehicle in Alhaji Illiasu’s house whilst he [Minister] traveled out of town for a meeting.

According to Alhaji Illiasu in his initial complaint statement to the police, the Minister who was travelling left the vehicle in his care which he parked in his house.

Alhaji Illiasu recounted that armed robbers subsequently attacked him at gunpoint in the house, demanded the keys to the vehicle bolted away with it.

Both Alhaji Illiasu and Opoku Kwadjo Evans were subsequently arrested as suspects in the case.

 

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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