Police officer interdicted over suspect’s escape

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has interdicted Police Sergeant John Kwafo of the Wiamoase Police Station, in the Agona District of Ashanti, for allegedly helping a police suspect to break jail.

The suspect Samuel Ntim a police dispatch rider stationed at the Dansoman Police Station, Accra, was arrested and handed over to the Agona-Wiamoase police on March 14, 2016 by some people he allegedly extorted monies from in a police recruitment scam.

Ntim requested that he should be led to attend to nature’s call at a toilet behind the police station the next morning, but absconded as he was being led back to the cells by Sergeant Kwafo.

Sgt. Kwafo’s interdiction followed his failure to produce the suspect after the 10 mandatory days given him by the service.

Agona District Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kwasi Asante, who confirmed the development to The Ghanaian Times on phone yesterday, said Sgt Kwafo would face a service enquiry for failing to produce the suspect who absconded under his watch.

“Yes, he has been interdicted and is going to face a service enquiry but his punishment would come from the Regional Command”, he confirmed to The Ghanaian Times.

“I am sending the proceedings to the Mampong Division today and they would also write to the Regional Command, who would instruct us on the disciplinary measures to take against the officer”.

When asked if the Police was close to apprehending Ntim to relieve the interdicted policeman of his charges, ASP Asante said the police had intensified efforts at arresting the suspect.

The police service, he revealed, could not also pay any compensation to the people he was alleged to have swindled.

It is recalled that The Ghanaian Times reported in its Wednesday March 16, 2016 edition, headlined “police fraudster breaks jail”.

The policeman 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.

He could not deliver on his promises, and went into hiding until he was seized by some of his victims, and handed over to the Wiamoase police but later escaped from police grips on Monday.

DSP Asante confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Tines and explained that the suspect was led by sergeant Kwafo to attend to nature’s call at a toilet facility behind the police station when the escape took place.

The victims, however, rejected the explanation being given by the police as they suspected that they intentionally aided the suspect to escape because he is their colleaque.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi

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