Suspect sues IGP over arrest

A suspect in a fraud case being investigated by the police, has sued the Inspector-General of Police for unlawful arrest.

Victor Asisiah, a businessman being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the CID Headquarters for allegedly attempting to defraud a pastor, has also cited the complainant, Pastor Stephen Apau, and the Attorney-General in the suit before the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court.

He is demanding reasonable compensation from his accuser, Pastor Apau, and the IGP for violating his human rights and freedoms under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, in the case in which Pastor Apau, is said to have paid GH¢7,000 into an account at the Madina branch of Bank of Africa, Ghana Limited, purported to belong to Asisiah for a car, which he refused to deliver.

Asisiah was first arrested on April 24, 2014 by the Adentan Police and the case was transferred to the CID Headquarters for further investigation, following a petition by the pastor to the Director-General of CID on May 19, 2014, that the police were dilly-dallying with the matter.

The police, however, took the car from the suspect and parked it at the Adenta Police station.

In his statement of claim, Asisiah said Pastor Apau (1st Defendant) and the IGP (2nd Defendant) have “interfered with the possessory rights of his Mercedes Benz,” the subject matter of the suit.

He said the Adentan police had deprived him of his personal liberty by arresting, restricting and detaining him at the instance of Pastor Apau, without listening to him, until granted bail the next day.

Mr Asisiah is, therefore, praying the court to order the police to unconditionally release the Mercedes Benz ML to him by “a time deadline to be specified by the court”.

Asisiah’s suit followed a petition Pastor Apau sent to the Director-General of Police CID about delays in prosecuting the suspect for fraud.

Pastor Apau said he received a call from a woman in the United States of America to pray for her; which he did.

The woman called later to tell him that his prayer had worked and that she had a vehicle with a man, by name Victor, who ran errands for her, anytime she was in Ghana.

Pastor Apau said the woman, who gave her name as Janet Kwateng, asked Asisiah to take the vehicle to him for which he should pay GH¢10,000 and take possession.

The pastor said though he did not need the vehicle and told the woman so; she insisted on the phone that he should pay for it.

“Victor brought the vehicle and the papers covering it to me and we then went to Bank of Africa, Madina branch on April 24, 2014, to deposit GH¢7,000.

“After the deposit, at about 4:40 p.m., Asisiah came to me that I should go back to the bank and close the transaction, but I told him it would not be possible. He then said he was taking the vehicle away, but I did not agree. So we took the case to the Adentan Police Station, but they did not treat me fairly, hence, my protest”.

When contacted by The Ghanaian Times, Pastor Apau said for the past six months, the investigators seemed to have made no headway as the docket was still under lock and key at the CID Headquarters.

According to Pastor Apau, the CID personnel handling the case assured him many times that the suspect would be prosecuted, because they had gathered enough evidence, but did nothing, only for the suspect rather to sue.

By Castro Zangina-Tong

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