By Inusa Musah
Five police personnel interdicted for allegedly being involved in some missing gold scandal are demanding their reinstatement in the Ghana Police Service (GPS).
The five are Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel A. Basintale, RSM John Sovor, G/CPL Baleto Boafour, G/L/CPL Ignatius Asamoah Mensah, and D/L/CPL. Cyrus Egbert Conduah.
Kissi Agyebeng, Managing Partner of Cromwell Gray LLP, lawyer for the five, said his clients had not engaged in any act of criminality by any stretch of the legal and factual imagination, consequently, the demand by their clients.
Contained in a press statement, Kissi Agyebeng said the Police Service is perpetrating an illegality by purporting to hold a service enquiry in respect of his clients, in flagrant violation of C.I. 76.
To him, the Police Service commenced a rather rueful negative media campaign a couple of months ago against his clients of the East Legon Police Command, in respect of the arrest of some persons and retrieval of some substance purported to be gold.
“At first, we gave the GPS the benefit of its stature that it would institute a timely service enquiry to establish the veracity or otherwise of the allegations, should it find the need to do so upon their interdiction.
“However, recent events have informed us that the GPS is unwilling to act within the confines of law and regulation in this matter, but is very much inclined to subject our clients to further public ridicule in a very unfair manner.
“Our clients would be heading to the law courts to clear their names and reputations, and for reinstatement.”
To set the record straight, Cromwell Gray LLP said, contrary to publications caused by the Police Service, their clients were never arrested or detained in any police station, but then, their clients arrested certain accused persons in connection with a gold case reported at the East Legon Police Station, where they were processed court.
He said on November 12, 2016, one George Yeboah of Tarkwa Nsuayem, lodged a complaint of theft of his 13 kilogrammes of gold by his business partners.
In the course of investigations, the East Legon Police arrested suspects Nana Agyei, Wofa Yaw Osei, Adedayo Adedotun, alias AJ, and Chinese/Americans Yong Cing Wu, Dai Dingxian, Mike Fan and John Whelen, together with 13 kilogrammes of some shiny metals alleged to be gold.
During interrogation, suspects Nana Agyei and Wofa Yaw Osei confessed to the offence, and mentioned suspects Adedayo Adedotun and one Courage Gegepe as their accomplices.
After preliminary investigations, the suspects were charged with the offences of stealing and dishonestly receiving, respectively, and put before the Accra Circuit Court.
While preparing to send the retrieved exhibit to the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) for assaying, Courage Gegepe was arrested, and upon interrogation, admitted that they had defrauded the Chinese/Americans, who were earlier charged with the offence of dishonestly receiving.
“He further stated that they swapped the pure gold with fake gold before handing it over to the buyers, and that they did that with the support of Adedayo Adedotun, a Nigerian, who was in the company of the buyers. Upon this admission, Courage Gegepe was also charged and put before the Circuit Court,” said Kissi Agyebeng.
On November 22, 2016, while the officer in charge of prosecution was in the process of amending the charges to reflect the appropriate offences, the CID Headquarters took over the investigation of the case from the East Legon police.
He said the CID Headquarters then, withdrew the case from court, and the accused persons, Adedayo Adedotun and Courage Gegepe, set free.
“Upon releasing the suspects, the CID Headquarters then, turned around and declared Courage Gegepe, whom they had released, a wanted man in publications, including on Facebook, on June 12, 2017, in respect of the same transaction that led to his arrest and arraignment before court by our clients.
“In the said publication, the CID Headquarters acknowledged that the original suspects readily confessed stealing the actual gold, a fact that was unearthed by our clients as far back as November 2016 in their investigations. Needless to say, Courage Gegepe is still on the run.
“The CID publication on 12 June 2017, also acknowledged that Courage Gegepe disclosed, upon his arrest in November 2016, that he and his accomplices were engaged in a scheme and defrauded the complainants.
“By a signal dated February 17, 2017, and referenced as PO.2811/21, our clients were interdicted without any stated reason whatsoever.”
In reference, he quoted: “Reg. 105(12) of the Police Service Regulations, 2012 (C.I. 76) states that ‘[I]f after three months of interdiction, disciplinary proceedings are not instituted against the officer, the Inspector-General shall revoke the interdiction, and the officer shall resume duty’.”
Kissi Agyebeng noted that as at May 18, 2017, more than three months after their interdiction, no disciplinary proceedings had been instituted against their clients.
“Our clients have borne in silence the brunt of the odium the publications reduced them in their name, reputation and standing in society, until now.
“We, therefore, demand the Inspector-General of Police to revoke the interdiction of our clients, and a recall for assumption of duty,” the statement concluded.
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