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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

IGP orders interdiction of three policemen

Paul Tawiah Quaye, Inspector General of Police
Paul Tawiah Quaye, Inspector General of Police

The Inspector General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, has ordered the immediate interdiction and prosecution of some three policemen in the Central Region for extorting money and illegally supervising the burial of a murdered farmer.

The middle-aged cocoa farmer who was identified only as Fofo was found murdered on his farm near Assin Fosu with parts of his body including his genitals removed.

According to the Central Regional Police Commander DCOP Akayiri Kampara, the case was reported to the officers made up of an inspector, a lance corporal and a corporal who were on duty.

The three men upon reaching the farm, decided to extort GH¢300 from one of suspects who was present and allowed the body to be buried without any investigation.

DCOP Kampara said the three policemen had pleaded innocent and had insisted the money was only a gift from the informants.

“But we are wondering how that could be a gift,” DCOP Kampara said, adding, the three men failed to make an entry in the police diary on the case.

He said authorities are currently preparing charges against the officers while the body of the deceased will be exhumed for post-mortem examination.

Whilst the supervision of the burial will be treated based on police laws, the case of extortion will be handled as a criminal case, the police commander said.

“We have prepared the charges for them to be tried by way of service enquiry. The legal officer is also preparing other charges for them to go to court,” he said.

Story by Seth Kwame Boateng and Fiifi Koomson/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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