Two people, arrested by the police for possessing military accoutrement without lawful authority, were on Wednesday, arraigned at a Kumasi Circuit Court.
Simon Dwomfour, also known as Kwabena Richard, 28, and Stephen Akplehe, 35, both pleaded not guilty to the charge of impersonation and the court, presided by Mr. Ekow Mensah, granted them bail of GH¢10,000 each with two sureties to be justified on October 14.
Police Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Akonnor, prosecuting, told the court that Dwumfour is a driver and Akplehe is a mechanic, both residents of Kenyasi Adwumamu, in Kumasi.
According to prosecution, Dwumfour was arrested on September 11, 2016 by an Ashanti Region Police patrol team when he was dressed in military uniform escorting a timber truck loaded with timber logs at Nfensi in the Ashanti Region.
He said when Dwumfour was interrogated, the police realised he was not a military man and was arrested and brought to the Regional Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.
When the Police got hold of Dwumfour’s mobile phone, they saw Akplehe in a photograph fully dressed in a military camouflage with M16 assault rifle in one hand and a pump action gun in another, prosecution told the court.
Akplehe was arrested and together with Dwumfour and they led the Police to their house at Kenyasi Adwumamu, where a search carried out in their room revealed that the M16 assault rifle was a toy gun.
Prosecution also told the court that the police also found out that the M16 riffle was also a toy gun, military belts and boots all concealed in a military bag which Akplehe claimed ownership of.
However, Dwumfour and Akplehe admitted the offence in their police caution statements.
FROM FAUSTINA KWABEA OSEI, KUMASI