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02.01.2004 General News

Police investigating armed robbery in taxicab

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Accra, Jan 2, GNA- The Madina Police are investigating a case in which a Clearing Agent of Commerce International Centre in Tema, Mr Charles Noah Okaija was robbed of 745,000 cedis and a Nokia mobile phone when he boarded a taxicab.

A Madina Police Source said Mr Okaija lodged the complaint on New Year Day, when the GNA called for a confirmation of the story. Mr Okaija had told the GNA that armed robbers attacked him when he boarded a taxicab from Akatsi-Abor in Adenta to Agbogba Station, near Madina at about 01:15 hours on New Year Day.

He said he attended an end of year service at the Church of Pentecost at Akatsi-Abor and after the service he walked to the roadside and stopped a taxicab, which already had four occupants and was heading towards the Agbogba Township.

Mr Okaijah said he joined two other passengers at the back seat. He said soon after he had sat down the occupant of the front seat pulled out a pistol and pointed it at his head and asked him to surrender his Nokia mobile phone and he quickly obliged. One of the other passengers sitting closer to him also pulled out a knife and pressed it hard against his right ribs and asked him for a bag he was carrying.

Mr Okaijah said the bag contained the A2745,000, his passport, keys to his door and some clearing documents. He said after he had complied with both demands he pleaded with the robbers to put him down but they refused until they got to a spot where there was darkness.

After he had alighted the robbers sped off. Mr Okaija said he was carrying such a large amount on him because he went straight to church after close of work.

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