Okada Rider Snatches Phone In front of IGP; Jailed 15 Years
According to a news report, Emmanuel Waki, a 21-year-old Okada Rider, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a bystander of his cellphone in front of the Police CID Headquarters.
According to the report, the incident happened on December 19, last year, and was witnessed by the Inspector General of Police and his bodyguards, who were returning from routine observational duties at the time. Pocket, Emmanuel Waki, was given a furious chase, which resulted in the arrest of Salifu Alhaji, another Okada rider, who subsequently led the police to arrest Waki at Old Fadama.
Waki pleaded guilty simpliciter (without explanation) before the Circuit Court on December 23 and was convicted on his own plea, with his sentence deferred until today, Wednesday, December 04, 2023.
On Wednesday, January 4, the court presided over by His Honour Mr Samuel Bright Acquah stated that robbery is punishable by up to life in prison under Section 296.
The defendant, who pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy and robbery, was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy and fifteen years in prison for robbery. According to the court, the sentence should run concurrently, which means he would serve the maximum of 15 years.
The first accused, Salifu Alhaji, 24, popularly known as Okada Rider, rejected the accusation of conspiracy and was remanded in custody.