- Both the suspect, Sylvanus Sepenu, and the BNI official reside at Aflao
- The suspect was unable to produce a form of identification when asked to do so
- In default, he would serve a total of 4 years and 6 months in prison
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A man who posed as an official of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), has been fined GHc3,600 by the court.
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The suspect, Sylvanus Sepenu was charged with attempted extortion and the impersonation of a public officer.
Per the facts of the case as relayed by the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Sepenu attempted to take money from a Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) official.
It is alleged that both the suspect, who is a currency dealer, and the BNI official reside at Aflao.
The BNI official was reportedly accosted by the suspect as he alighted from a bus near the Aflao border.
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Sepenu demanded the victim’s official travel documents so he could inspect them. He was however unable to produce an identification card when asked to do so.
The BNI official therefore brought out his identity card, and proceeded to grab the suspect’s hand, so he could not escape.
The ensuing struggle attracted the attention of a police official who aided in the arrest of the suspect.
He pleaded not guilty, and was fined a total of GHc3,600. Of the amount, GHc2,400 relates to the attempt at extortion whilst GHc1,200 was charged for posing as a public official.
The sentences are to run concurrently. In default, he would be imprisoned for three years and 18 months respectively, a total of 4 years and 6 months.
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