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19.10.2007 General News

Four policemen interdicted for extortion


The Police Administration has interdicted four of its men from the Agona Swedru District Police Station for allegedly engaging in acts contrary to the Police Administration.

They are Lance Corporal Foster Mensah, Constable Daniel Abevor, Constable Class Two Albert Amponsah and Lance Corporal Hope Semevor.

Mr Osei Kwadwo, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) told newsmen at Agona Swedru that the police administration is investigating the matter and if they are found guilty could face dismissal.

He said on August 11, 2007, the four police personnel on their general rounds in Agona Swedru township stopped a Taxi cab being driven by one Mr J.K. Mensah and demanded money from him.

According to DPS Osei Kwadwo when the driver refused, the policemen subjected him to severe beatings until he managed to flee into a nearby bush with the car keys, leaving the car behind.

After awhile, he came back to detect that the police had managed somehow to move the car to the Swedru Police Station, he said.

DSP Osei Kwadwo said the car owner upon hearing the matter rushed to the police station to enquire what his driver did, but as soon as he reached the police station he was arrested and put in cells by the four policemen.

He said a friend of the car owner who went to the police to plead for bail for the two was turned away, so he decided to inform Nana Kobina Botwe, Swedruhene about the matter.

The Crime Officer said the Swedruhene delegated his Sannahene, Nana Ogyabea Badu Ehuren to go and plead for bail on his behalf, but as soon the police personnel saw him (Sannahene) they started insulting him.

He said the chiefs who were not happy with the behaviour of the policemen petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) about the conduct of the four police personnel.