- Five police officers have been arrested for extortion
- They reportedly extorted GHC40.000.00 from an Uber passenger and a driver
- The officers are being detained by the Greater Accra Regional Police Command
The Accra Regional Police Command has effected the arrest of 5 policemen for allegedly extorting money from drivers, YEN.com.gh can report.
It follows a report at the Kaneshie Police Station that the officers with Operation Calm Life waylaid a passenger in an Uber vehicle around 2: 00 am on May 21, 2021.
They accused the passenger of being a fraudster and arrested him after ordering the Uber driver to leave.
The officers whose names were given as Wishwell Odoo, Evans Arawassi, Lawal Agyapong, and Senate Kuvordo (all constables) and Lance Corporal Redeemer Agama forced the passenger to transfer GHC20,000 into a Mobile Money (MoMo) account and abandoned him to his fate, state-owned Daily Graphic reported.
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Earlier on the same day, a similar report was made at the Achimota Police Station by a complainant around 11:23 pm.
The complainant was stopped by three policemen at the Atomic-Madina road at Hatsoo while driving an unregistered Mercedez Benz.
The policemen searched his car, after which he was arrested on the grounds of being a cyber fraudster.
“He was then escorted to Silver Star Towers at Airport and forced to withdraw a sum of GHC 20,000 from his ATM for them,” a release from the police stated.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Afful Boakye Yiadom said: "The command will not shield any police personnel who use the uniform to perpetrate a crime against members of society.”
In a separate development, armed police officers stormed a press conference by a pro-NPP group calling itself—'Movement for Bawumia’.
According to a report sighted on Starrfm.com.gh, the presser was scheduled for 12 noon on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
It was meant to address issues surrounding the Akufo-Addo administration’s latest “no nonsense” stance against illegal mining vis-à-vis the burning of excavators and other equipment seized at galamsey sites.
Duncan Poku Boateng, the Ashanti Regional Coordinator of the pro-Bawumia group, told media that the armed officers stormed the presser with the explanation they gathered intel about an impending attack on the organisers.
“I don’t really know why the police and the national security will come in to stop us. I have been told to report to the regional deputy commander which I will do after speaking to you,” he said.
Again, YEN.com.gh reported that police at Akyem Abomosu in the Eastern Region have been captured on camera physically assaulting a suspected notorious robber with a broom.
In the clip sighted by YEN.com.gh on the Twitter page of Starr FM, the police officers could be seen hitting the head of the suspect, identified as Olentei, multiple times with a broom whilst in handcuffs and sitting on a chair.
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The suspect fell from the chair onto the floor while the police continued assaulting him.