Police Arrest ‘Soldier’ For Extortion

DCOP NATHAN Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander has given a strong warning to the security personnel across the country, who have lost interest in serving in the various Security Services, to quit before the law catches up with them. He said the Police administration was making the efforts at sanitizing the system in order to win the public confidence. The Police Commander gave the warning during a press briefing to announce the arrest of one Kwame Asare, a 25 year old man fully dressed in military gear, at the outskirt of Ahwia-Nkwanta on the Manso-Nkwanta Highway during the usual night patrol duties on June 5, 2014. The suspect was arrested when it was detected that he was an imposter who had been stationed there to intimidate drivers and extort monies by flashing torchlight at them in the dark. Upon his arrest, Asare revealed that the military accoutrement was supplied to him by one Lance Corporal Osei Asibey of the 4BN, whom he claimed was with him at the time of his arrest. DCOP Boakye explained that the suspect on seeing the patrol team became jittery, arousing the suspicion of the police and when questioned about his identity. he could not give the police any official identity and said the set of uniform was given to him by L/Cp. Osei Asibey, who managed to escape arrest upon seeing the patrol team. The suspect told the police during interrogation that his accomplice asked him to accompany him to an unknown destination and ended up mounting a snap point on the road. A search on him revealed a torchlight and an amount of GH˘55. The Police Commander indicated that the Regional CID had launched investigations into the case and that efforts are being made to get the mentioned military officer to assist in investigations, while the suspect is in custody pending investigations. Meanwhile, DCOP Kofi Boakye has re-affirmed the police determination in fighting against all criminal activities in the region to protect lives and properties of residents in the region. He said the police would always do what it takes to ensure peace and stability and entreated the general public to have confidence and trust in the police administration by being bold enough in helping them with accurate information. He expressed these concerns at a press briefing when the regional command, in collaboration with other district commands in the region arrested about 33 suspected armed robbers and criminals at their various hideouts in the region. He said the police were committed to ensuring transparency and accountability to the general public in all their dealings with the society. In another development, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye has commended the Amansie West District Assembly for the construction of two new police stations in the district to help fight crimes, reports Richard Owusu-Akyaw, from Manso-Nkwanta. The commendation was made when the Regional Police Commander paid a day’s working visit to the Amansie West District during which he interacted with the Manso-Nkwanta Traditional Council, District Assembly and the District Police Command to acquaint himself with problems facing his Outfit at the district level. The Queen of Manso-Nkwanta Traditional Area, Nana Nyarko Abora II reported that armed robbery was rampant in the area especially on the Antoakrom-Poano Ahwia-Nkwanta road and Manso-Akwasiso Koniase Road. She appealed to the Regional Police Administration to post more police personnel to the district to help check the menace to which DCOP Boakye assured the chiefs and people that more police personnel would be posted to the district. He, however, requested that enough and decent accommodation is provided for the police. The newly posted District Police commander, Supt. Cosmos Damoah was officially introduced to the Traditional Council. The District Chief Executive for Amansie West, Mr. Alex Kwame Bonsu assured that the District Assembly would support the police to mount check points in the trouble areas to help reduce the spate of armed robbery in the district.