A total of 1,025 rounds of 7.62 by 39mm calibre live ammunitions have reportedly been stolen from one of Ghana’s highest security zones, the Osu Castle.
The ammunitions were allegedly stolen by a 22-year-old manual worker, Mustapha Awudu, and another, Felix Ankrah, who also is 32 years old and unemployed.
Mustapha and Felix have, therefore, been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, stealing, and unlawful entry.
However, Mustapha has pleaded guilty simplicita, while Felix pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them at the Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Her Honour Rosemary Torsu Baah, yesterday.
The court has, however, deferred Mustapha’s case to May 5, 2022, but granted Felix bail in the sum of GH¢100,000.00, with sureties.
Details of the case, as narrated by the prosecuting officer, Inspector Jonas Lawer, are that the complainant in the case is National Security, Osu Castle Branch in Accra.
He told the court that on April 6, 2022, Mustapha, who claimed to be an informant, went to the Accra Police Regional Command with 375 rounds of 7.62 by 39mm calibre live ammunitions, claiming to have found them in the bushes behind the Osu Castle.
The prosecutor narrated to the court that on April 20, 2022, the Regional Command, again, received information that Mustapha and Felix were in the process of selling a quantity of the ammunitions at Kings Bar, James Town, in Accra.
He told the court that the police acted on the information and proceeded to the scene and effected the arrest of Mustapha and Felix, together with 750 rounds of 7.62 by 39mm calibre live ammunitions.
The prosecuting officer said Mustapha and Felix on the spot admitted to having gone to steal the said ammunitions from the Ammunition Room at the Osu Castle, by unlawfully entering through one of the windows behind the Castle.
According to him, Mustapha and Felix then led the police to the Osu Castle, or the crime scene, and showed them the rooms, which they stole the ammunitions from, and demonstrated how they entered through the window.
Inspector Lawer added that Mustapha also admitted that the ammunitions he brought to the Accra Police Regional Command on April 6, 2022 were stolen from the same place on April 5, 2022, which he divided into two and sold half to witnesses in the case for GH¢50.00.