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Top Cop Sues BNI Over Soda Cocaine

Ghana Police Service

DSP Gifty Mawuenyegah, head of the Criminal Investigations Department who is in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) over the cocaine-soda case, has sued the security agency for unlawful detention.

Her lawyer, E. A. Vordoagu, told Citi FM on Thursday that his client had spent the past eight nights including Thursday in BNI cells, adding that the intelligence outfit had grossly disrespected the rights of DSP Mawuenyegah by detaining her beyond the constitutionally required 48 hours.
“We are preparing ourselves to go to court with a habeas corpus [a writ or legal action through which a person in custody can be released from unlawful detention] on the BNI director to explain why she is being held without explanation. All these things happening are illegalities and are abusing her human rights of liberty and freedom,” the lawyer argued.
Mr. Vordoagu said the security officer was being held on allegations that on about nine occasions, she ensured that relatives of the key suspect in the cocaine-turned-baking soda case, Nana Ama Martin, met her anytime they came to visit at the CID headquarters and could have colluded with them in the cocaine swap. Secondly, BNI officials, according to the lawyer, had alleged that she helped the suspect to hire the services of a lawyer to defend her in the cocaine case.
“She [Mawuenyagah] confirmed that the accused person was somebody known to her junior sister and for that matter when the unfortunate thing happened, she [younger sister] mentioned the friend to her,” he said.
Touching on Mawuenyagah’s role to make it possible for Martin’s relatives to visit her frequently while in police custody, lawyer Vordoagu said, “She confirmed it and said that is not the only instance an officer is doing that because most of the officers do it. It was not anything unusual. What she did was not done in a way to obstruct the administration of justice. ”

In a related development, the BNI has arrested one Hannah Osei, who runs errands for the prime suspect at the centre of the case, Nana Ama Martin.
Ms Osei allegedly told officials of the BNI that some properties were sold at Lapaz in Accra and the proceeds used to bribe some court officials.

The BNI is expected to submit its report to government today.

News about the arrest of the female police officer broke on Wednesday.
Media reports quoted BNI insiders as having said DSP Mawuenyega met the suspect, Nana Ama Martin, from whom the cocaine was seized, more than a dozen times whilst she was in custody, a development the BNI is investigating.

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