A footballer who robbed members of the Tabernacle of Hope Church International of monies, mobile phones and laptop during an all-night service has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by a circuit court in Accra.
This was after the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh found Misbau Afolabi guilty on the charges of robbery.
The court however acquitted Afolabi on the charge of conspiracy to commit crime.
Two other accomplices are said to be at large. Prosecuting Superintendent of Police Kwaku Bempah named the complainant as Jerry Akotia an Assistant Pastor of the church, and that the convict, Afolabi, claims to be a footballer residing at Community One Site 10 in Tema.
On January 26, 2013 at about 2:30am, the prosecution said members of the church were having an all-night service at the church auditorium when the convict and two others at large wielding a locally manufactured pistol and pump action gun attacked them.
The convict and his accomplices were said to have ordered the worshippers to lie down and robbed them of mobile phones, laptops and unspecified sums of money.
A witness in the matter informed the head pastor and a report was made to the police.
On March 28, last year, Afolabi was spotted by a witness and he alerted the police at Tema Afolabi was arrested and sent to the Accra Regional Police but denied the offence in his caution statement but was convicted after the trial.