Two Policemen In Extortion, Abetment Case

igp_alhassanTwo Police Lance Corporals, who were involved in extortion and abetment were granted a GH¢60,000 bail with three sureties two each to be justified by an Accra Circuit Court.

The court ordered that two of the sureties should be public servants earning salaries not less than GH¢1,000 as net income.

At the beginning of the trial, Lance Corporals Joseph Clottey and Richard Osei Adjei, were preferred with a robbery charge of one Muktari Adamu of his US$55,000.

One other accomplice, Dr. Asante is now at large, and being sought for by the police.

Clottey and Osei Adjei were also said to have extorted GH¢1,000, Nokia 301 and Techno Foton mobile phones from one Adamu by means of threat, contrary to Section 151 of Act 29/60 – an offence they both pleaded not guilty to.

Prosecuting Chief Superintendent of Police, Duuti Tuaruka told the court presided over by Francis Obiri that the docket would be forwarded to the Attorney-General’s office for advice.

The plea for bail by Mr. George Asomaning, the new defence counsel for the accused persons, was upheld by the court.

“Respectfully my Lord, fresh charges have been preferred against my clients and I pray that the court grants them bail because the charges are bailable,” he argued.

When the case was called for hearing on April 5, 2014, the prosecution dropped the earlier charge of robbery and substituted it with abetment and extortion.

Prior to the new development, Augustine Gyamfi, counsel for the accused persons, had said that the facts as presented by the police to the court, did not support the charge, insisting that the charge of robbery against the two would not fly.

He said the police had ‘tailored’ the facts of the case to suit the charge of robbery preferred against the cops.

Mr. Augustine Gyamfi further stated that there was no evidence to show the two policemen had indeed robbed anybody.

The Presiding Judge, however, rejected the bail application filed by Mr. Gyamfi and accordingly remanded the accused into police custody to reappear on April, 19.

The prosecutor said Adamu is a Forex Bureau operator at Okaishie in Accra while the accused persons are officers stationed at the Striking Force Unit and the Accra Regional CID respectively.

Femi and Asante are businessmen living in Accra and intimate friends of Adamu.

The prosecution said on September 2, 2013, Femi called Adamu on his mobile phone to inform him that Asante wanted about $55,000  at a very good rate.

Adamu, the prosecutor said, contacted his colleague Forex Bureau operator for more dollars indicating that by September 9, Adamu had gathered the $55,000 and informed suspects Femi and Asante that he had the money ready.

The prosecution averred that Femi and Asante directed Adamu to meet them at a spot at the North Industrial Area near Melcom in Accra, adding that Adamu proceeded to the place with one Albert Tetteh and on arrival approached Asante who was waiting in an unregistered Toyota Corolla car.

The Prosecutor explained that Asante collected the $55,000 and while counting, two taxis suddenly pulled up from behind them from which the two accused persons got down, rushed on Adamu, handcuffed him and quickly pushed him into their taxi amidst beatings and accused him of dealing in an illegal business, allowing suspect Asante to speed off with the money.

The prosecution further stated that Lance Corprals Clottey and Adjei drove Adamu to a drinking bar behind the National Police Headquarters and extorted GH¢ 1,000, including Nokia 301 and Techno mobile phones from him.

After that the prosecution said, the accused persons told Adamu they were going to answer their boss’ call and return but rather jumped into their taxi and left leaving him at the drinking bar. By Malik Sullemana

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