17.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Motorbike Thief Busted

By Daily Guide
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THE NIMA police have arrested a certain Karim Abu, a motor mechanic, for allegedly dealing in stolen Yamaha motor bike.

Briefing DAILY GUIDE, the Nima Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Angwubutoge Awuni, said Abdullah F. Issahaku, the complainant, was attacked at gunpoint close to the Airport by two armed men on motor bikes on February 3, 2008 at about 5.45am when returning from the airport after he had escorted his father to the place.

During Issahaku's personal investigation, he saw Abu with the motor bike at Agbogbloshie, offering it for sale. He immediately reported the suspect to the police who caused his arrest.

The Nima Police Boss said the original registration number of GT 2394 J had been changed to GT 2394V with four other motorbikes.

He said the suspect denied knowing anything about the alleged stolen motor bike, and insisted that he bought the motor from a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youngsters Peer Education Project at Osu in the company of one Alhaji Amadu Iddrisu.

He stated that though the said NGO admitted selling a Yamaha AG 100 motor bike to Abu, the registration number of that bike was GT 2394J and not GT 2394V.

There was also a change in the chassis number from 3HA-O90503 to 3HA-119644.

Meanwhile, findings at Japan Motors attested to the fact that they actually sold Yamaha AG 100 Motor to Issahaku in the name of his company, Mawums Ltd based in Tamale and gave the registration number as GT 3166Y and the chassis number as 3HA727383 just as Issahaku maintained.

Awuni noted that the differences in the three registration and the three chassis numbers provided so far, were making it difficult to immediately establish the truth in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Abu has admitted altering GT 2394J, removing the ending 'J' and replacing it with 'V' to make it look new for sale in the North.

By Emmanuel Kubi

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