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Former 2nd Lady robbery case: State to parade 9 Witnesses, files new evidence

State Prosecutors have told the High Court in Accra that they would be parading nine witnesses in the case in which a self-acclaimed businessman, Yahuza Osumanu, had been charged for robbing former 2nd Lady, Mrs Matilda Yaaba Amissah-Arthur.

The prosecution also filed their third batch of disclosures on Thursday, which included evidential documents they intend to rely on to prove their case.

In Court on Thursday, June 6, 2024 Amanda Awadey, a State Attorney told the Court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo that, “We are filing our third batch of disclosures this morning (Thursday).”

Asked by the Court what was contained in the latest disclosures filed, she said “Witness statements and some evidence we want to rely on.”

She added: “that should be the last batch so my lady can give us date to ensure that counsel is served.”

Additionally, the state attorney said “We have 9 witnesses,” to rely on when asked by the Court.

Justice Lydia Osei Marfo has since adjourned the case to June 20, 2024 for Case Management Conference.

EIB Network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports that the accused person was absent when the case was called and adjourned.

Background

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur, is the wife of the late Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who was Vice President between 2012 and 2016.

In the process of the act, Yahuza Osumanu according to the prosecution succeeded in robbing her of her various currencies including GH¢3,000, USDS2,200, and Fifty Euros as well as a gold watch and necklace valued at GHc20,000 and GH¢5000 respectively.

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Yahuza who was slapped with 26 counts comprising 20 counts of robbery and six counts of money laundering, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Apart from the former 2nd Lady, businessman David Adjaye and three others have all been robbed by the accused at gunpoint of their valuable properties at gunpoint.

The brief facts of the case stated that, the complainants are Augustine Kwesi Okere, a businessman, Daniel Kwame Osafo and Tracy Osei-Hyeaman are husband and wife while Mrs Matilda Yaaba Amissah Arthur was the wife of the late Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and Margaret Alice Shaw, a 76-year-old woman residing at Alexander Nest, Ridge, Accra.

The Prosecution stated that, the accused Yahuza Osumanu is a self-acclaimed businessman who resides at Pokuase – ACP.

According to the Prosecution, between the second quarter of the year, 2023 and December 2023, the Police CID received several complaints of residential robberies perpetuated by a single armed man around Airport, Cantonments, Tesano and Ridge.

It said, on September 7, 2023, complainant, Augustine Okere reported to the Airport Police that at about 2:30am that morning, that his residence at Kaecla Court Apartments, Airport Residential Area was robbed.

It stated that, on receipt of the complaint, a team of police personnel from the Airport Police Division was dispatched to the crime scene.

Source: Kasapafmonline.

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