The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has smashed another 'Amina' type of syndicate, which has leveled false rape charge against the Accra Regional Manager of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), Mr. Noah Tettey Matey.
The Director-General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr. Prosper Agblor disclosed this to the media in Accra.
According to the CID boss, kingpins of the syndicate are now helping police to investigate the matter. He named those in custody as Samuel Etse, an Assistant Manager at DVLA, Prosper Agbenke, former non-permanent employee of the authority.
Samuel Etse, police investigations revealed, started working at DVLA a year before the regional manager, Noah Tetteh Matey was engaged.
The Commissioner of CID stated that Etse was some time ago sacked from DVLA, Asante Mampong branch, over alleged malpractices including the issuance of roadworthy certificates without seeing the vehicles and also issuing driving license without testing the applicants. He, however, pursued the dismissal in court, won the case and was recalled to work.
According to Agblor, by the time Etse returned to work, Tetteh Matey had become the boss, but he decided not to be a subordinate to somebody he had superintended in the past, hence hatched the plan to disgrace him.
Prosper Agbenke was a non-permanent staff at DVLA, Kumasi, and like Etse, had a personal problem with the authority over renewal of stickers, a case which was handled by the Asawase police.
Later, it was withdrawn from the police station and settled amicably, but he was sacked when time came for redundancy, and ever since he has been at loggerheads with Tetteh Matey over his dismissal.
Mary Kulevor, The Chronicle gathered, used to be a 'goro girl' on the premises of DVLA, but found her way to the office as attachment personnel from Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Development Agency (GYEEDA) for five months.
She was posted to the issuing office in the banking hall, where she shared the same office with a national service personnel, Akwetey Agbo.
A misunderstanding ensued between the two in the office, which also roped in three management persons- Leonard Odum, Regional Accounts Supervisor, Paintsil, Accounts Clerk and Godwin Sekobs. The internal auditor, however, intervened and settled the dispute amicably.
At that meeting, Mary reportedly admitted extorting GH¢5 from each client, even though the service personnel worked without demanding anything. Mary, however, wanted her colleague out of the place because he was not obeying her instructions, a claim which the service personnel denied, insisting that Mary wanted him out of the office because of the extortion she was engaged in.
Mary in turn denied the counter claim of the service personnel, insisting that because of his presence in the office, she could not scratch her private part. To demonstrate this, Mary reportedly folded her cloth up and started scratching her vagina.
This conduct was reported to management, so when Mary's attachment period expired, management decided not to extend it, and this triggered animosity between her and Mr. Noah Tettey Mantey.
The plot to blackmail the regional boss then started with Etse as planner and Prosper in Kumasi as recruitment officer for people to come to Accra to testify before a committee that they were victims of sexual harassment by Noah Tetteh Matey, while he was in Kumasi.
It was during one of such recruitment meetings at Stadium Hotel in Kumasi that the police apprehended him. The Ashanti Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent John Naami, who led the team that arrested the suspect in Kumasi said they did not know how many persons have been engaged so far to get to Accra to give false testimony against Tetteh Matey.
Prosper, according to the crime officer, named Samuel Etse, an official of DVLA in Accra, Mary Kulevor, the lady at the centre of the whole incident and her husband Prosper Apetsi, an officer of the Ghana Immigration Service, as collaborators.