Police said issuance of a warrant of arrest on Corporal Hope Katsekpor, who hails from the Volta Region, became necessary following his disappearance after he, together with Corporal Tsey Mensah – who was in police custody – had allegedly aided in loading some 4,000 bags of rice from the warehouse, owned by Saphods Ventures, into two different Man Diesel trucks.
The trucks had been registered GT 5985 R and GR 6477 H. Four suspects were arrested by the Tema Police Patrol Team when they were about to leave the warehouse located near Aluworks, upon a tip-off.
The suspects, whose names were given as Jahlilu Yahaya, 25; Bawa Ibrahim, 23; Godwin Atanu, 25 and Stephen Akwasi Djan 25, were said to have disclosed the identities of two of their accomplices who happen to be the police officers, saying they provided cover while the crime was being perpetrated, after they had assaulted a security man on duty.
Corporal Tsey Mensah has been arrested by the Tema police pending further investigations for onward prosecution as his caution statement was said to have been taken. He is behind bars but Corporal Katsekpor was reported to have absconded as police has launched manhunt for his arrest.
A Nissan Patrol 4×4 with registration number GT 8890 G, which was allegedly discovered to be owned by Corporal Katsekpor and used for the criminal operation, was impounded by the police together with the long vehicles loaded with the goods.
The Command appealed, ‘the Tema Police Regional Command is requesting anyone with useful information about how the suspect (Corporal Hope Katsekpor) can be tracked to report to the Regional Police Command or any nearest police station.
‘He is about five feet three inches tall, about 36 years old and fair in complexion.’
From Vincent Kubi, Tema
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