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VIDEO: Thief caught on CCTV pleads guilty, sentenced to one year in prison

Francis Tekpor is said to have entered Alhaji Seidu Nasigri’s house through the top-floor windows, which were not fitted with burglar proofing

A thief identified as Francis Tekpor (popularly known as “School Fees”), caught on CCTV during a burglary at the home of Alhaji Seidu H Nasigri, the board chairman of the Zongo Development Fund and legal advisor to the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has been convicted on his plea and sentenced to one year in prison.

The suspect, according to the charge sheet and the CCTV footage sighted by Asaase News, entered Alhaji Seidu H Nasigri’s house on 11 November 2023 around 2.09 am and left after 3.40 am, spending roughly an hour and 30 minutes in the house.

Tekpor is said to have entered the house through the windows on the top floor, which were not fitted with burglar-proofing. As captured by the CCTV system in the house, the robber entered Alhaji Seidu H Nasigri’s room, where his wife was asleep, three times and entered the other two rooms four times while Alhaji Nasigri’s children were asleep.

The convicted thief stole two laptops, six iPhones, and GHC3,600 in cash. Within 24 hours of the robbery, the Anti-Armed Robbery Unit at Police Headquarters in Accra, led by Superintendent Augustine Offei, identified Francis Tekpor, and within 72 hours the police arrested the suspect.

All the items stolen by Tekpor were retrieved, apart one of the laptops. Upon interrogation by the police, Tekpor admitted that he generally carried a very sharp knife, to cause harm and possibly death to anyone who woke up and dared confront him.

After his arrest, the accused, Francis Tekpor, was charged on three counts. First was unlawful entry contrary to Section 152 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29). Second, stealing contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) and, lastly, stealing contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).

When he was arraigned, Tekpor pleaded guilty to the charges and the court accordingly convicted him on his plea and sentenced him to 12 months in prison. The court further ordered him to pay for the cost of the unaccounted-for laptop, which is worth roughly GHC10,000.

In an interview with Asaase News, Alhaji Seidu H Nasigri (the complainant in the case) expressed his gratitude to the Ghana Police Service. He was particularly grateful to Superintendent Augustine Offei, Corporal Hakim and the officers from the Fingerprint Unit of the Police Service for what he described as their swift and effective response in arresting and prosecuting Tekpor.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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