IGP, Mohammed Alhassan
The Life of a 38-year-old man, who for years had been providing useful information to the police, leading to the arrest of armed robbers and car snatchers in the Kumasi Metropolis of the Ashanti Region, is in danger following the alleged exposure of his identity by the police.
He claims he cannot find a place to hide – having been chased out of the house by some hardened criminals who had vowed to take revenge.
The man (name withheld) had on April 6, 2011, provided the police with information that led to the killing of two robbers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) roundabout during a battle with the police. Three of them were captured.
This was when his troubles began, he disclosed.
The police allegedly blew off his cover during the trial of the three arrested robbery suspects.
He kept receiving death threats through phone calls and decided to sell his vehicle to flee to Sweden and later France, but that did not end his misery as he was sent back home.
The distraught-looking informant said he felt unsafe, completely empty and let down by the police while performing a patriotic duty to his nation.
He said what he found even more heartbreaking was the apparent disinterest by the police to provide him with any form of protection.
‘The criminals know my house and I have no doubt in my mind that they would carry out their threats,’ he bemoaned.
He said before the last robbery incident, he had assisted the then Buffalo Unit of the Ghana Police Service to recover 13 stolen vehicles and the arrest of the culprits.
‘I am inclined to believe that the police deliberately exposed my identity because I tried stopping them from hiding some of the seized vehicles.
‘The officers had reported retrieving eight stolen vehicles but I said no, and insisted that they were 13.
‘This might not have gone down well with some of them and I am convinced that what they did was not just an accident,’ the dejected informant underscored.
He showed the GNA letters written and signed by a senior police officer on July 21, 2011, that recommended the payment of informant allowance to the man in connection with the KATH roundabout operation.
There is another letter that showed that the police had been working with him since 2009.
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