Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 9 January 2014
Six people, including three junior high school (JHS) students, have been busted for stealing 24 laptops belonging to the Nkwantanang 7 and 8 Junior High School (JHS) at Madina, Accra,
The laptops were supplied to the school under the government’s one laptop per child project .
Five of the laptops have been retrieved.
The JHS students in the custody of the Accra Regional Command are Latif Sawyerr, Abraham Aboagye and Douglas Kofi Ansah, all aged 17.
The other three are Ibrahim Mutala, alias Baba, 20; Atta Sarpong Senior and Atta Sarpong Junior, twins aged 19.
Another suspect, whose name was only given as Rakibu, is at large.
The laptops, which were in the computer laboratory of the school, were reported missing on November 18, 2013.
Police investigation led to the arrest of three JHS students of a sister school, Madina ‘I’ JHS, in the same vicinity, who, upon interrogation, mentioned three other accomplices.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said the twins, Atta Sarpong Senior and Atta Sarpong Junior, fled to their home town when they heard the three JHS students had been arrested by the police.
The police in Kumasi, Mr Yohuno said, were alerted, who then traced the twins to their home town, Asowase, near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, where they were arrested.
The twins allegedly confessed to the crime of burglary and assisted the police to arrest Mutala, who claimed to be an old student of Madina ‘1’ JHS.
During interrogation, Mutala told the police that the idea to steal the laptops was hatched by the three JHS students, Sawyerr, Aboagye and Ansah, who got a spare key to the computer laboratory from one of the pupils of the Nkwantanang ‘7’ and ‘8’ JHS.
In another development, two other suspects were paraded for attempting to hijack a taxi at Achimota.
The two, Danjumah Abubakar, 25, and Mark Dzotopey, 24, hired the services of a taxi driver, Charles Osei , from Achimota to Amasaman but on reaching a filling station at Achimota the driver opted not to continue the journey, suspecting his passengers could be robbers.
A scuffle ensued when the two suspects attempted to seize the taxi but a police patrol team came to the aid of the driver.