Businessman Accuses Cops Of Extortion

A BUSINESSMAN in the Techiman municipality, Kwadwo Adjei, has accused some senior officers of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command of extortion and misconduct.

      According to Mr. Adjei – a dealer in motorbikes and spare parts – though the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department had directed the regional command to arrest and prosecute three suspects, nothing had been heard about it.

    He told journalists that the arrest and prosecution had not taken place because the police officers had allegedly extorted thousands of Ghana cedis from the suspects, maintaining that he was ready to mention names of the officers to the police administration. He appealed to the Brong-Ahafo Regional Commander, DCOP Maxwell Atingane, to investigate the matter.

         The Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department in October this year, directed the regional command to facilitate the speedy prosecution of Jacob Agongo, Alhassan Issaku and Benjamin Dovu, motorbike dealers in Techiman, for fraudulent breach of trust.

         It also ordered the command to forward the caution statements of the three suspects, to the AG.

     The directive was signed by Theophilus Appoh, a Senior State Attorney at the Brong-Ahafo Regional office of the AG’s Department.

     It was in response to a case docket the command forwarded to the AG for advice.

     According to the letter, Meto Emile, the General Manager of STE Evame Sarl Group – a Togo-based company that deals in motorbikes – started importing the vehicles into the country in 2008 and engaged the suspects to sell them on behalf of the company on commission basis.

     It stated that in 2012, the complainant had information that the suspects were preparing to abscond with the company’s money, so he came down to Techiman and lodged a complaint at the Wenchi police station and the suspects were arrested.

    “Upon their arrest, the suspects claimed that the complainant owed them a commission due them since 2008,” adding that the police conducted an audit and took separate inventory of the stock at the stores of the suspects where 441 motorbikes were seized from them.

     The letter stated that in August this year, the company, based on a Power of Attorney, empowered Mr. Adjei to take over and sell the bikes

      It said Agongo admitted that he had sold out the motorbikes and deposited the amount into the company’s bank account.  According to the letter, the conduct of the suspects breached the Criminal Offence Act, and asked the police to immediately prosecute them to serve as deterrent to like-minded people.

From Daniel Yao Dayee, Sunyani
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