TWO POLICEMEN – Lance Corporals Christian Aboagye and ramous Appiah Kyeremeh – have been arraigned before an Accra circuit court for robbery.
The two security operatives and their civilian accomplices – Oduro Danso and Ato Dadzie, aka Cantona – are facing two counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery.
They are said to have robbed one Bernard Agyei Kwanin of 25 kilograms of Ephedrine Hydrochloride substance valued at $60,000 at about 11:00 pm on July 7, 2014 at North Kaneshie, a suburb of Accra.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded into police custody by a court presided over by Francis Obiri.
The bail application filed by the defence counsel for all the four accused persons was rejected.
In opposing the application, ACP Moses Atibilla reminded the court that the offences for which the accused persons had been charged are non-bailable, which the court upheld.
Prosecuting, ACP Atibilla said the complainant is a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Council in Accra and doubles as a Production Officer of Duba Pharma Company Limited, a pharmaceutical company at Atonsu in
Kumasi, while the accused, Aboagye and Kyeremeh are policemen stationed at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters and the Lapaz Police Post respectively.
He said Danso and Cantona are also driver and businessman respectively and that at the date mentioned above, Kwanin procured an Ephedrine Hydrochloride substance worth US$60,000 which he was going to use for the production of nasal drop, kept it at the back seat of his private car and drove to North Kaneshie to visit a friend.
According to the prosecutor, whilst Mr. Kwanin was waiting at the Demod Drinking Spot for the arrival of his friend, Danso and Cantona alerted Aboagye and Appiah who were armed with pistols. They claimed the substance Kwanin was carrying was cocaine.
ACP Atibilla stated that the policemen confronted the complainant about the content of his bag in the car, adding that after he (complainant) had disclosed the content, Aboagye handcuffed him, claiming the substance was suspected to be cocaine and ordered him to surrender it.
The prosecution said the cops subsequently arrested the complainant, put him in their ash Pontiac Vibe saloon car and drove him to the Achimota School Police Station.
ACP Atibilla said at the Police Station, the policemen left Kwanin to his fate and sped off with the substance.
Danso then went to meet them at Tesano near Capital Court Hotel, and took possession of the substance they claimed to be cocaine.
Prosecution further told the court that Danso kept the substance in his room and on that same day, Appiah and Danso went to hand over the substance to Cantona at Dome for sale.
ACP Atibilla said the complainant made a report to the police for investigation but on July 18, Kwanin, in the course of his rounds, spotted Appiah at his duty post at Lapaz and immediately informed the Tesano police and was arrested.
The prosecution averred that during interrogation, Appiah assisted the police to arrest Aboagye whom Kwanin identified during an identification parade.
Investigation later led to the arrest of Danso and Cantona who led the police to retrieve the substance at Pokuase.
BY Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson [email protected]
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