Stephen Torsu and Aikins Atitsogbe in police custody
Two suspected gays who attempted to blackmail a colleague by demanding some ransom from him or post his nude pictures on social media, have been nabbed by the Tesano police in Accra.
The two suspects, Stephen Torsu, 23 and Aikins Atitsogbe, 21, allegedly stripped naked the victim, took pictures of him and threatened to post them (pictures) on the internet if he did not pay an amount of GH¢1,000 to them.
The victim reported the case to the police and while he was about to pay the ransom to the suspects, they were accosted.
Four of their accomplices, only identified as Courage, Willie, Semanu and Dickson, are currently at large and are being wanted by the police.
The Tesano Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Lydia Donkor, confirmed that the two suspects are in custody assisting the police to investigate the matter
She said on April 1, 2017, the victim, who is a social worker, visited Grindr.com, (a website created for gays who are looking for partners) and became a friend with Torsu Stephen through the site.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Torsu invited the complainant to his home at Christian Village.
According to Chief Superintendent Donkor, the two met at about 3:30 pm at a spot that Saturday.
While in his bedroom with the complainant, Aikins Atitsogbe and the four others now at large, surged into the room and immediately locked the door.
They then stripped off the cloth of the complainant and while he was naked, they took pictures of his nudity.
“They also collected the complainant’s Samsung mobile phone, a power bank and GH¢70.00 after which they locked him up alone in the room for four hours,” the police officer narrated.
Later, the commander said, the suspects asked the victim to give them GH¢1,000 or they would post the nude pictures on the internet.
The complainant was then asked to go and get the money for them that day or they would post the pictures.
The complainant reported the case to the police and so he was asked to feign interest in the deal.
While presenting the money to the suspects, the police, led by Chief Inspector S.K. Avenor, arrested the two men and brought them to the station.
The police are preparing their dockets to send them to court for prosecution.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey
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