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I was once a regular thief at Makola market – Bukom Banku

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Boxing celebrity and musician Braimah Kamoko known popularly as Bukom Banku, 43, confessed he was once a regular thief at Accra’s bustling Makola market.

In a candid interview on Accra 100.5 FM’s Ayekoo Ayekoo midmorning show on May 29, 2024, he shared his past experiences with host Nana Romeo.

“Yes,” Braimah Isaac Kamoko, known as Bukom Banku, admitted in Pidgin when asked if he had a history of stealing. “At the time, we were at Bukom, my boys and I. We’d go to Makola to steal PK [gum], money, snatching bags… Oh, I have done that before,” he revealed, noting he quit after starting his boxing career in 1995.

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Banku stated, “I am a former thief but I stopped. If I say I’ve not stolen before, I’d be lying to God. There were people who were praying for me to stop and I have already.”

He never got caught because “I’m a good runner. Once someone cries, ‘Thief, thief’, I am long gone,” adding his partners, Seth and Jacob – “the captain,” were also adept at evading capture.

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The popular boxer humorously detailed their operations, describing how they distracted victims by engaging them in conversation while an accomplice stole from them. His crew included twins, renowned as “big thieves in Ghana,” who have since reformed.

He distinguished their activities from armed robbery, saying, “It was simply pickpocketing. At the time, we were not enlightened – 1992 to ‘93 and ‘94, thereabouts,” stressing they had stopped by 1995.

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