21-year-old Okada rider jailed 15 years for snatching phone in front of IGP Dampare

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21-year-old Emmanuel Waki who rides Okada has been sentenced to serve 15 years imprisonment robbing a bystander of his mobile phone in front of the Police CID Headquarters.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the incident which occurred Monday, December 19, 2022. The act is said to have been witnessed by the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akufo-Dampare, and his bodyguards who were then returning from routine observational duties.

Pocket, as Emmanuel Waki is affectionately called, was given a hot chase which led to the arrest of Salifu Alhaji, also Okada rider, who then led the police to arrest Waki at Old Fadama.

Waki pleaded guilty simpliciter (without any explanation) on December 23 before the Circuit Court and was convicted on his own plea while his sentence was deferred to Wednesday, December 04, 2023.

In court on Wednesday, January 4, the court presided over by His Honour Samuel Bright Acquah said per Section 296 of the Criminal Offences Code, the punishment for robbery is up to life imprisonment.

The convict who had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and robbery was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy and 15 years for robbery. The sentence the court said should run concurrently, meaning he would serve the highest of 15 years.

The first accused person Salifu Alhaji, 24, also Okada Rider, denied the charge of conspiracy and has been remanded.

— OnuaOnine