Sextortion on the rise within police service; female officers warned

Sextortion on the rise within police service; female officers warned

- It has been revealed that there is an increase of reported cases of sextortion involving policewomen

- The IGP has thus warned police officers to be careful and desist from sending nude pictures and videos to friends and family

- Police officers who will be caught doing that will be punished

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The Ghana Police administration has cautioned officers, especially female staff, from sending nude photos and videos to friends and family, for whatever reason.

According to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, there is an increase of reported cases of sextortion within the service.

The IGP’s wireless information copied to all regional, divisional, district and unit commanders opined that cases of sextortion have been increasing over the past three years, especially involving policewomen.

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Reports received indicate that cases of sextortion are on the increase for the past three (3) years…. INGPOL directs you to sensitize and caution personnel especially policewomen to desist from sending their nude photographs to friends/families. Any personnel found culpable will be sanctioned,” the communication read.

The IGP further warned that any police officer who is found to have nudes to family and friends will be sanctioned.

Sextortion is the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity. It is criminal for anyone to try to blackmail or extort monies with someone’s nude pictures.

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In April 2019 for instance, a video of a naked policewoman went viral on various social media platforms.

The five-minute video was allegedly recorded in the bedroom of the junior officer with a mobile phone.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a police sergeant was in the early hours of Tuesday, December 3 killed by suspected armed robbers at Asempanaye, near Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region.

G/Sgt Emmanuel Chikodoh who was escorting a bullion van belonging to ADB bank, lost his life when their vehicle came under attack by two armed men on the outskirts of 290 Community near Asempanaye.

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