Two Fulani herdsmen from Burkina Faso have been jailed 80 years in hard labour for attacking passengers travelling between Sefwi-Asikuma and Adabokrom in the Western Region.
The convicts, Abudulai Musah, 20, and Ibrahim Jello, 25, were jailed 40 years each by a Tarkwa Circuit Court on charges of robbery.
According to the Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Chief Inspector Olivia Adiku, the two herdsmen admitted robbing the victims of their mobile phones, money and other personal belongings.
She said on March 7, 2009, the police received a report from the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) that some passengers on board a vehicle belonging to the union had been attacked by four men who robbed them of their belongings.
She said upon information received from the victims, the convicts were placed under police surveillance and later arrested for questioning.
Chief Inspector Adiku said the two admitted the offence after they had been searched and four of the mobile phones and GH¢154 found on them.
She said the convicts gave the names of two of their accomplices who are currently at large as Adamu and Bukari.