21 February 2013

Ghana: 'Police Commander' Arrested for Extortion

A-40-year old man has been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) for impersonating a Police Operations Commander at the Police Headquarters in Accra. He is currently in police custody assisting the police in investigations.

Habib Osman, unemployed, a resident of Tesano, a suburb of Accra, was arrested at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel for impersonation.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, COP Patrick Eden Timbilla told The Chronicle that on February 18, 2013, at about 4:00pm, upon intelligence report, the Regional Police CID went to La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and arrested Habib Osman.

He noted that the suspect was arrested for impersonating as a Police Operations Commander at the Police Headquarters soliciting money to cater for the families of policemen who lost their lives in robbery operations in Accra.

A search conducted on him revealed a police ID card bearing the name Commander Boamah Arhin, Food and Drugs Board ID Card with the name Seidu Mohammed, letters on police letterheads, ID Card of Accra Mail Newspaper Editor, Godwin Bediako and a cash amount of GH¢1,000 donated from the Management of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, purported to be for victims of robbery operations.

"We hope that with this publication anybody who has fallen victim to Habib's operations would come out to assist us to build a case against him," COP Timbilla noted.

Meanwhile, suspect Osman would be arraigned before court as soon as possible to face the wrath of the law. In another development, two ex-convicts who became friends, whilst in police custody at Adenta police station, have been arrested again for robbing a Toyota Corolla taxi with the registration number GB6026-12 in Accra. They are currently in police custody.

Gideon Fianko, 23, was arrested last year for stealing a car battery and subsequently convicted and sentenced to four months imprisonment, whilst Prince Owusu Ansah, 24, was also arrested in 2011 for possessing stolen items and was fined GH¢600 or in default serve 12 months in hard labour. Prince Owusu Ansah, however, paid the fine.

Briefing The Chronicle yesterday in Accra, the Accra Regional Police Commander, COP Patrick Eden Timbilla noted that on February 18, 2013, at about 12:40am, the two suspects hired the taxi of the complainant from Madina to Adenta old barrier.

According to him, upon reaching Adenta old barrier, the suspects asked the taxi driver to proceed to Rowi, an area within Adenta. On reaching the place, the suspects instructed the driver to stop.

At knife point, the suspects pulled the driver out, seized the car and drove off heading toward Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

Luck however eluded them as they were arrested through vigilance of policemen at Tinkong Police check point on the Adeiso-Koforidua road.

Meanwhile, the taxi has been recovered and currently with the police as an exhibit. The suspects will soon be arraigned before court when investigations are completed.

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