Police fraudster breaks jail

A policeman who was arrested by the victims he extorted monies from, in a police recruitment scam, has escaped from the Wiamoase Police Station in the Agona District of Ashanti on Monday.

Samuel Ntim, a dispatch rider of the Cantonments Police Station in Accra, allegedly took monies from some residents of his home town, Wiamoase-Amenase,  in 2014, under the pretext of helping them gain admission into the

Police Service, but could not deliver on his promise and went into hiding.

He was later arrested by some of the victims and handed over to the Wiamoase police last Saturday, but he escaped on Monday.

Agona District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwasi Asante, confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Times here, and said the suspect was escorted by a policeman to attend to nature’s call at a toilet behind the police station, but bolted while they were returning to the police station. 

The victims have, however, rejected the explanation  given by the police and said they suspect that the personnel there intentionally aided the suspect to escape because he was one of their own.

One of the victims, Dennis Kodua, a teacher at the Wiamoase D/A Islamic School, told The Ghanaian Times that Ntim convinced him, in 2014, that he could assist him and others to get into the Police Service for a fee.

“I put in a request for my brother in-law and two junior sisters, and I paid him GH¢1,500 for each of them. Unknown to me, he had told the same thing to some other people and collected various sum of monies from more than 10 of them.  He took GH¢3,000, from some of them and others gave him GH¢1,300 and GH¢18,000 each.

After waiting without any knowledge of the whereabouts of Ntim, the victims, according to Kodua, looked for him at the Cantonment Police Station in September last year only to be told that the latter had not reported to work for 10 months.

According to him, they heard that the suspect had come to Wiamoase-Amenase last Saturday, adding that “We realised that it was true. So we reported him to the Wiamoase Police Station, but they told us they could not arrest the suspect and so we should do it ourselves if we could. So quickly we mobilised men, arrested him and took him to the police station where they wrote down his statement”.

Kodua alleged that the Wiamoase police called the Cantonments Police Station to inform them that Ntim had been arrested to which they (Cantonment Police) requested that they transfer him to Accra.

“The Wiamoase Police officers asked us, the victims, to foot the lorry fare of the suspect from Wiamoase to Kumasi but we declined because we thought it was not fair for them to ask that from us after they had made us to arrest him ourselves”.

“They told us to go and come back on Monday. Then on Monday we came only for them to tell us that the suspect had escaped. Our checks confirmed that the suspect was not handcuffed as he ran from the area around 6 a.m. that day”.

Kodua accused the police of intentionally setting the suspect free and disclosed that the victims had told the police to produce the suspect or they would pay every pesewa owed them by him.

“Our checks here have revealed that Ntim was not in handcuff when he was being led to the toilet and when he fled. And we find it very difficult to believe because here in this town a person arrested is always handcuffed when going to the toilet”.

He alleged that the Wiamoase police called the Cantonments Police Station to inform them that Ntim had been arrested to which they (Cantonment Police) requested that they transfer him to Accra.

“The (Wiamoase Police officers) asked us, the victims, to foot the lorry fare of the suspect from Woamoase to Kumasi but we declined because we thought it was not fair for them to ask that from us after they had made us to arrest him ourselves”.

“They told us to go and come back on Monday. Then on Monday we came only for them to tell us that the suspect escaped. Our checks confirmed that the suspect was not handcuffed as he ran from the area around 6am that day”.

Kodua accused the police of intentionally setting the suspect free and disclosed  that the victims had told the police to produce the suspect or they would pay every pesewa owed them by him.

 From Kingsley E. Hope/Gideon Botwe, Kumasi

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