Two Police Officers and their Accomplice have been remanded by an Accra Circuit for allegedly robbing a Student of 11,000 Cedis.
The police officers, Lance Corporal Isaac Amejor (A1) and Constable Samuel Asamoah (A3) and their accomplice, Crossby Ofori Danso (A2), were charged with robbery, but pleaded not guilty to the offence preferred against them. The Presiding Judge, His Honour Aboagye Tandoh remanded them to reappear in court on Thursday, the 17th of August, 2017.
Briefing the Court on the facts of the case, DSP Mawuny said the complainant, Christopher Haga, is a student while the police officers were stationed at the Rapid Deployment Force, Headquarters, and Kosoa, respectively. Crossby Ofori Danso, who is unemployed, is a friend of Constable Samuel Asamoah. They both reside at Kasoa.
He also informed the Court that on the 19th of March, 2017, the complainant was sent by his brother to withdraw an amount of 11,000 Cedis at Global Access bank at Abeka Lapaz branch. He added that after withdrawing the money and was waiting for a taxi, he was attacked by A1, A2 and A3. The Prosecutor said, A1, who was in a police uniform and armed with an AK47 assault rifle together with A2 and A3, pushed the complainant into a waiting taxi and sped off to a spot near Nyaho clinic at Dzorwulu.
DSP Mawuny further stated that the accused persons informed the complainant they have received a report that the money he withdrew from the bank was stolen, hence was wanted at the police headquarters for interrogation, but he denied any wrongdoing and resisted. The Prosecutor added that the accused persons wouldn’t take any explanation from the complainant but insisted that the transaction at the bank was fraudulent.
He also informed the Court that the Complainant finally agreed to follow the accused persons to the police headquarters but pleaded to speak with his brother, but they refused and drove the taxi to the Ghana International Trade Fair site at gunpoint and threatened to ‘finish’ (kill) him if he dared them. The Prosecutor also said the accused persons forcefully took an amount of 11,000 Cedis, which the complainant had withdrawn from the Global Access bank, and pushed him out of the taxi and sped off.
‘After his ordeal, the complainant informed his brother and he told him to return home. On his way home, the complainant spotted A1 on duty at Prudential bank at the Bawaleshie branch. He informed his brother, who mobilised people to arrest AI, Lance Corporal Isaac Amejor, on which an amount of 2,000 Cedis was retrieved. A1 led the police to arrest A2, Crossby Ofori Danso at Kasoa, who refunded 4,056 Cedis as his share of the money they took from the complainant. A3, Constable Samuel Asamoah, who is a police officer but on an interdiction, was also arrested two days later by the Kasoa police. In their statements to the police, the accused persons admitted they took money from the complainant because it was money obtained fraudulently’, DSP Mawuny briefed the Court.