She is the laid-back, soft speaking interdicted police officer who would ordinarily not entertain any third party interference in her case, but for the fact that the powers- that- be want to use her as a sacrificial lamb to cover-up for the real perpetrators of the crime, DSP Gifty Tehoda, the woman at the centre of the cocaine- turned- baking- soda case has started telling the world her startling story.
Before she started narrating her ordeal to this paper in an exclusive interview yesterday, Mrs. Tehoda dared the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to stop the smash and grab tactics and tell the whole world the truth behind the mysterious cocaine turn baking soda case.
Currently, this paper has gathered that a man, Mensah Cudjoe, has been in the BNI cells for over six months now, with confession statement taken from him, which names all the actors in the case, but nothing has happened to any of them whilst the officer (DSP Tehoda) grapples with her trauma.
“It is so painful and I am so quiet because when you know the truth and the matter is before respectable authorities who are investigating the case you let the law take its cause, and that is what I have been doing but, it looks as if people want to take my silence as my weakness, and I am not going to sit down any longer for any selfish officer who has decided to do a shameful thing like that to shift the blame on me, no! no way!!”, distraught Tehodah burst out.
She also denied the allegation being bandied about by the police service that she interrogated the suspect in police custody even when she was not the investigator handling the case, saying that, “…on a few occasions not the 9 times the police are alleging, I asked my junior officers who were working under me to go and bring the suspect and I was mindful and made sure that she didnt escape because I knew the consequences of that”.
She continued that even on the few occasions that she asked her junior officers to bring the suspect, Nana Ama Martins, out to meet her relatives; it was done in the full glare of her officers and not in secret as the administration wants the world to believe.
According to the DSP, on the day of her discharge by the court, for lack of evidence, Principal State Prosecutor, Rexford Wiredu, who applied for the unconditional discharge of Tehoda, at the court said that the BNI had arrested two people, a commissioner and a police officer, who had allegedly confessed their involvement in the swapping of the cocaine and wondered why the BNI was not making their final report public for the world to know the truth.
Explaining the circumstances surrounding her detention, the interdicted officer revealed that, “I think 27th December 2011, I was there when the secretary of the CID director general called me that the Boss will like to see me the next morning, so I went to him the next morning, 28th December 2011, and he said I am wanted at the BNI. So at the BNI, I was there with my counsel. We got there around 8:00am, waited for more than one hour before we were ushered into an office with a panel of eight or there about. The panel was chaired by the operations director of the BNI (name withheld). When I entered with my counsel, they said they were surprised to see me with my counsel and my counsel said it was my right to come with a counsel.”
Back and forth, DSP Tehoda indicated that the BNI insisted her lawyer excused them (the panel), “but my lawyer said that he wanted it to be on record that he was there and he was denied access to his client”.
“So when they started the interrogation the first question that was asked was whether I knew Dedjoe Vincent, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)? and I said yes, and they said when you went to Sudan what happened there? and I said when I went to Sudan, nothing happened”.
Stay tuned for a blow-by-blow account of the roles some senior officers in the police service played in the cocaine-turned- baking soda saga and how the BNI has been quiet about it.
Source: Ernest Addo/New Crusading Guide/Ghana
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