3 acquitted, discharged of 283 slabs cannabis case

Three persons, including a policeman, standing trial for allegedly possessing 283 com-pressed slabs of cannabis sativa have been acquitted and dischar-ged by an Accra Circuit Court.

Chief Inspector Paul Akpabli, stationed at Golokuati, in the Volta Region, Peter Kamasah, a driver, and Daniel Ekualiho, a carpenter pleaded not guilty.

They were arrested on August 10, 2014 at Sokode-Ando in the Volta Region.

Mr. Justice Francis Obiri, a High Court judge, sitting with additional responsibility, freed them after Mrs. Sefakor Batse, filed a nolle prosequi signed by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to discontinue the case.

Prosecuting, the case earlier, Mrs. Batse told the court that the complainants were policemen stationed at the SWAT Unit in Ho in the Volta Region.

She said on the day of their arrest, the complainants had information that a Hyundai mini bus with registration number AS 6936 — 09, from Dzodze had been loaded with sacks containing the plant material suspected to be cannabis sativa, and bound for Kpeve, in the Volta Region.

The prosecutor said, the complainants intercepted the bus being driven by Kamasah at Sokode Ando with Chief Inspector Akapbli and Ekualiho on board.

A search on the bus revealed seven fertiliser sacks containing the said substance.

Mrs. Batse said Chief Inspector Akapbli denied knowledge of the contents of the sacks but Kamasah and Ekualiho informed the complainants that they were hired by someone to transport the substance.

According to her, they told the policemen who arrested them that the owner of the items asked them to contact Chief Inspector Akapbli and give him GH¢400 to escort them to Kpeve-Tornu where they loaded the drugs onto the bus.

The two agreed with Chief Inspector Akpabli to escort them halfway to Dzodze, and it was during the journey that they were arrested.

By Malik Sullemana   

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