- An officer with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service, Seargent Abdul-Razak Iddi, has been caught in a GHC1000 bribe deal
- According to reports, he took money to help free a suspect from appearing in court
- The amount was initially pegged at GHC3000, but was reduced when the suspect, Peter Akansise, expressed difficulty in paying it
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a police detective allegedly accepted a GHC1000 bribe from a suspect.
Seargent Abdul-Razak Iddi was allegedly offered the bribe to help free a suspect, Peter Akansise, from appearing in court.
He is reported to have revealed his role in the matter, when an undercover reporter, disguised as a rural farmer, visited him at the Pomolgo-Sirigu Police Station, east of the Kassena-Nankana West District.
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YEN.com.gh understands that Iddi sought to take the bribe from Akansise, but expressed his frustration when the money was not paid on time.
A heated exchange this year between Akansise, and his wife purportedly ended in the woman reporting her husband to the police with claims he pulled out a gun on her at the time of the dispute.
A crime squad raided the house where a pistol, which the woman is said to have mentioned in her statement, was found.
In defence, the suspect explained he received the handgun in Benghazi when some Ghanaians, who were fleeing war-ripped Libya in the fallout from the revolution and the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, were handed free small arms for protection should there be any spillover attack on their way back home through the Sahara Desert.
The suspect refuted the gun-threat claims made by his wife, saying he never touched the weapon again since he came with it from North Africa, much less to pull it out from where he hid it in the room and threaten someone with it.
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Hours after the police had locked him behind bars, his wife reportedly confessed to the officers there had been no such thing as a shooting threat.
She said she just wanted her husband punished after the brawl and one way to get it done was to strip the house bare so the police could pick him up for keeping an unregistered shotgun under his roof.
The CID officer, widely referred to as Alhaji Iddi in the community, insisted the suspect would be arraigned before court for illegal custody of a firearm.
It is said the police detective asked the suspect to pay a fee of Gh¢3,000 to be given to the Kassena-Nankana West District Police Commander, DSP Isaac Oyortey Sackitey, if he wanted to be granted bail and the case blocked from getting to court.
He could not raise the amount and it was eventually reduced to GHC1000, to which he agreed.
But months after the suspect had concluded the problem was over, the police detective informed him in August, this year, a message had been sent from the office of the State Attorney for him to be rearrested and processed for court with the same old charge.
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