An Accra Circuit Court has remanded nine land guards for allegedly shooting indiscriminately.
They are Stanley Tagoe, 42, alias Abuasupanin; Joshua Obosu, 20, land guard; Moses Quarshie, 23, fisherman; Ibrahim Tetteh, 40, fashion designer; Cephas Ahiagu, 24, alias Nii Ayikwei, bus conductor; Benjamin Botchwey Barnes, 24, driver; Simon Borketey Okyeame, 42, fisherman; Arnold Sethowu Amuzu, 24, fisherman, land guard; Noah Ashaley Ashilley 31, artist.
They all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime to wit rioting and rioting with offensive weapons.
In addition, Tagoe and Obosu were charged with possession of narcotic drugs without authority. They both denied the offence.
They will make their next appearance on September 17.
Inspector Samuel Ahiarbor, who held brief for Chief Inspector Gulliver Kwabena Tenkorang told the court, presided over by Mrs. Ruby Naa Adjeley Quaison, that on August 30, this year, the Weija Divisional Police Command received information that a group of land guards were shooting indiscriminately at Tuba in Accra.
Police patrol teams were dispatched to the scene but the accused persons on seeing the police sped off in their private cars towards Kokrobite.
He said the police personnel inspected the scene and retrieved three spent shells.
Inspector Ahiabor said police also found out that it was Tagoe who had recruited a group of land guards at Kokrobite who engaged in the indiscriminate shooting.
The team then proceeded to Tagoe’s house, where they found the others as the ones who engaged in the unlawful discharge of the firearms, he said.
The prosecution said, the accused persons attempted to escape but they were arrested.
A search in Tagoe’s car revealed two Pump Action guns, 239 AAA live cartridges, adding that, personnel also found one pistol with two magazines; one loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, in his house.
He said a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp was retrieved from Tagoe’s bathroom.
Inspector Ahiabor said Obosu who had a shop close to Tagoe’s house had it searched and two parcels of powdery substance suspected to be Indian hemp were found.
The court refused them bail with the reason that the police should be given the opportunity to complete their investigations.