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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 20 December 2013

Source: Graphic Online

Wanted security man surrenders to police

One of the four security personnel of Jidem Security Services Company, who escaped arrest in a Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) oil stealing case two months ago, has surrendered to the police.

Albert Youmi turned himself over to the Asokwa Police after going into hiding for several weeks.

He has been subsequently charged with the offence of conspiracy to commit crime and stealing before a Kumasi Circuit Court, presided over by Mr D. W. P. Amedior, who granted him bail in the sum of GH¢5,000 with a surety.

He is to re-appear before the court on the January 14, 2014.

An accomplice, Stephen Nana Yaw Nketiah, who was arrested at the crime scene, was also granted bail in the sum of GH¢5,000 with a surety after a plea from his counsel.

The police are still searching for three other accomplices.

Background

Two months ago, the Asokwa Police, upon a tip-off stormed the premises of BOST and managed to arrest Nketiah, the then Security Supervisor of Jidem Security Services Company.

At the time of the arrest, 18 big drums had been filled with fuel, valued at about GH¢9,400.

Four big drums and 22 jerrycans were yet to be filled, while a KIA truck, with the inscription, “Respect the Police”, which the suspects used, was left behind at the scene.

Four other security personnel, including Youmi, who were on duty and were involved in the crime, scaled the walls of the company when they saw that their boss had been arrested.

The breaking of the syndicate came at the time BOST officials had complained of huge losses through dubious means at the various levels of the company’s operations.

Jidem Securities had at the time of the arrest, been contracted by BOST, the national transmitter of petroleum products, to provide daily security services at its depot in Kumasi.

The engagement of the company was part of a high-level security control plan to protect life and property at all BOST depots and transmission lines.

Meanwhile, the BOST Workers Union in Kumasi has appealed to the Attorney General to ensure a quick prosecution of the case.

Union Secretary, Mr Maxwell Seluk, told the Daily Graphic that the outcome of the case would serve as a deterrent to the other workers and also prevent a recurrence.

He said the continuous adjournment of the case and the way the accused persons moved about freely, created the impression that no seriousness was attached to the case.

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