Richard Osei Adjei and Joseph Clottey
Augustine Gyamfi, counsel for Lance Corprals Joseph Clottey and Richard Osei Adjei, the two policemen facing trial for allegedly robbing one Muktari Adamu of his $55,000, says the police wrongly accused his clients.
He said the police have ‘tailored’ the facts of the case to suit the charge of robbery preferred against the cops.
Mr. Gyamfi was emphatic that the policemen had no case to answer and reiterated his plea to the court to grant them bail.
Osei Adjei said they happened to be at the scene of the incident because ‘they were there for their official duties.’
The security operatives and two others—Femi El-Alawa aka Beggie and Dr. Asante—both at large, are facing two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and robbery.
Clottey and Osei Adjei were said to have extorted GH¢1,000, Nokia 301 and Tecno Foton mobile phones from one Adamu by means of threat contrary to section 151 of Act 29/60.
They had both pleaded not guilty to all the three counts.
The prosecutor said Adamu is a Forex Bureau operator at Okaishie in Accra while the accused persons are officers stationed at the Striking Force Unit and the Accra Regional CID respectively.
According to the facts, suspects Femi and Asante are businessmen living in Accra and close friends of Adamu.
The Prosecution said on September 2, 2013, Femi called Adamu on his mobile phone to inform him that Asante wanted about $55,000 to change into Ghana cedis at a very good rate.
Adamu, the Prosecutor said, contacted his colleague Forex Bureau operator for more dollars, indicating that by September 9, Adamu had gathered the $55,000 and informed Femi and Asante that the money was ready.
The prosecution averred that Femi and Asante directed Adamu to meet them at a spot at the North Industrial Area near Melcom, adding that Adamu proceeded to the place with one Albert Tetteh and on arrival approached Asante who was waiting in an unregistered Toyota Corolla.
The Prosecutor explained that Asante collected the $55,000 and while counting, two taxis suddenly pulled up from behind them from which the two accused persons got down, rushed on Adamu, handcuffed him and quickly pushed him into their taxi amidst beatings and spraying of pepper spray. He accused him of dealing in illegal business and allowed suspect Asante to speed off with the money.
The prosecution further stated that Lance Corprals Clottey and Adjei drove Adamu to a drinking bar behind the National Police Headquarters and extorted GH¢1,000, as well as Nokia 301 and Techno mobile phones from him.
After that the prosecution said the accused persons told Adamu they were going to answer their boss’ call and return but rather jumped into their taxi and left leaving him at the drinking bar.
The facts noted that on October 7, 2013, Adamu saw Femi at the Accra Regional Police Headquarters and got him arrested.
It further added that upon investigations, Femi denied his involvement and was released on police bail for further investigations, but he jumped bail.
Adamu again, according to Prosecution, saw the accused persons at the Accra Regional Police Headquarters and pointed them out to the police who arrested them. They admitted the offence, stating that they only received $1,000 each from suspect Asante as their share of the booty.
However, when the case was called yesterday, the trial judge, Francis Obiri ordered that the investigating officer, one inspector Yamoah, be brought before the court to answer some questions about the case.
He said the Yamoah must also furnish the court with the statement from the complainant in the case and as well provide the court with the series of actions on the case from the station’s diary.
The court also ordered that the people who stood as sureties for Femi be hurled before the court.
They are to reappear on Monday March 24, for the continuation of the case.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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