Two police officers who allegedly aided two of their civilian counterparts to defraud a businessman of his $90,000 at Nii Boye Town, in the Greater Accra Region, were yesterday granted GH¢90,000 bail with two sureties each by the Accra Circuit Court “One”.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Tawiah Kuadey, Detective Lance Corporal Jerome Amuzu, Clement Agbaglo also called Sky (first accused and a businessman) and Ganiyu Alhassan Danjumah (second accused and a trader) pleaded not guilty to three count-charge of conspiracy to commit crime, namely defrauding by false pretence and abetment of crime.
The judge, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, however, granted each of the accused GH¢90,000 bail with two sureties, no justification and adjourned the case to August 29, 2016.
The facts presented to the court by prosecution were that, Messrs John Peprah and Eric Agyemang (complainants) are businessmen working together, while the first and second accused, Clement Agbaglo and Ganiyu Alhassan Danjumah, are businessman and trader respectively. The third and fourth accused, Jerome Amuzu and ASP John Tawiah Kuadey are police officers who at the time of the committing the crime, were working at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, Accra.
In April 2009, Mr. Peprah (first complainant) visited his business partner, Mr. Agyeman (second complainant) in his residence at Nii Boye Town and incidentally met the second accused Danjumah, in the company of Mr. Agyemang.
The prosecution said that during a conversation between Mr. Peprah and Mr. Agyemang, the former expressed interest in travelling to Obuasi, in the Ashanti Region to buy gold.
In the course of the discussion, Mr. Danjumah overheard the complainants and warned that it was very dangerous for them to go to Obuasi and purchase gold as they had intended, and that he (Danjumah) knew one Alhaji who could supply.
Based on this piece of information from the second accused, Messrs Peprah and Agyemang abandoned their trip and rather asked Danjumah to link them up to the Alhaji.
The prosecution said that a meeting was arranged and all the parties met at the Abrantie Spot at Lapaz where Danjumah introduced the first accused, Clement Agbaglo as the Alhaji who could supply them the gold.
After a lengthy negotiation the parties settled on $30,000 per gold bar for which the complainants placed an order for three gold bars from Agbaglo.
On April 28, 2009, Danjumah called the complainants and said the gold was ready and they agreed to meet at Mr. Agyemang’s house at Nii Boye Town.
Upon arrival, the first and second accused were seen holding a wrapped substance which Agbaglo claimed was a gold bar and explained that he only brought part of the gold because he wanted to be cock-sure that, indeed, the complaints had money to transact business.
According to prosecution, the complainants at that material moment did not hesitate in bringing out the US$90,000 and showed to Agbaglo, who demanded that US$30,000 be given the second accused to go and bring the remaining gold bars from his wife to which they agreed. While waiting in the room for the return of Danjumah with the gold, policemen including Lance Corporal Jerome Amuzu, who is a brother to Agbaglo, came in to arrest them for dealing in narcotics.
Lance Corporal Amuzu, is said to have signaled his brother Agbaglo who was holding the money at the time, to run away, which he did.
Prosecution said that when investigations were conducted into the whole affair, it came to light that the arrest was “stage-managed” which in the police parlance is known as “close beat”.
It was also established by the police investigators that ASP. John Tawiah Kuadey authorised the entire operations and received his share of the booty.
By Castro Zangina-Tong