Tarkwa, April 10, GNA – Five police officers who illegally extorted money from a Chinese businessman at Low-cost a suburb of Tarkwa, have been remanded in to prison custody by the Tarkwa Circuit Court.
They are Lance Corporal Sackey Narh Korley, General Constable Kwaku Assah, General Constable Jerrofera Everest, General Constable Ofosu Baah and General Constable Patrick Nimaful.
Their pleas were not taken and will re-appear on April 15.
Prosecuting Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on April 8, the complainant Dia Mang Sheng came to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office in Tarkwa to make a report about the incident.
He said around 2100 hours on Sunday April 7, the complainant was in his living room with his wife Irnag Ai Min and brother in-law, when a civilian and five police men came to the house.
The civilian who was referred to as Richard, now at large took lead to the room and requested for a crusher machine to buy.
According to the Prosecutor, Richard there after confronted the Chinese nationals for gambling and in the process he invited the accused persons who were armed with AK 47 assault rifle to enter the living room
Detective Amponsah said General Constable Ofosu Baah then threatened to handcuff the complainant if he did not pay 10,000 Ghana cedis for his freedom.
The complainant’s wife who became frightened intervened and pleaded with them to reduce the amount.
The policemen agreed to collect 2,000 cedis from her and left the house.
He said the complainant who felt cheated reported the act on phone to the Divisional Police Commander in Tarkwa, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Ayitey who also alerted an official of the Divisional Criminal Investigations Department, Detective Sergeant William Defeamekpor.
Detective Sergeant Defeamekpor viewed a Close Circuit Television camera which captured the way and manner the six persons extorted the money from the complainant.
Detective Amponsah said the accused persons who claimed they came from Takoradi to mount the operation were identified to be police officers stationed at Tarkwa.
The accused persons were arrested and during investigation they admitted the offense and refunded 300 cedis each as their share of the money.
The Prosecutor said L/Cpl Korley also mentioned one Otoo a soldier attached to Calm Life operation at the Tarkwa Goldfields as an accomplice.
He said efforts are been made to apprehend both Richard and Otoo for further investigation.