The Circuit in Accra presided over by Her Justice Rosemond Baah Torsu has refused bail for five police officers who are alleged to have extorted an amount of GHc20, 000 from a student at East Legon.
The judge today remanded the thieving police officers who are facing charges for conspiracy to rob, robbery and conspiracy to giving bribes to influence public officers contrary to Sections 23 (1) and 252(1) of Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act29).
But, they all pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The five accused persons – Cpl Redeemer Agama, General Constables Wishwell Odoo, Evans Amwagsi, Lawat Agyapong and Sean Kuvordo have been charged for three offences.
They were remanded into custody for two weeks after the prosecution had informed the court that, the police had not completed investigations and needed time.
According to prosecutors, the complainant in the case, one Jeffery Mackcon Yeboah is a student and businessman who, on May 24, 2021, was ambushed by five officers while aboard an Uber taxi around the University of Professional Studies (UPSA)
According to the prosecution, the accused persons falsely accused the victim of having been involved in fraud.
The prosecution said, they threatened the victim with harm and asked him to hand over to them every money on him.
They proceeded to seize the victim’s phone when he was in the police vehicle with them as they drove with him, from Madina to Awudome Cemetery at Kaneshie at night.
According to the prosecution, at gunpoint, they threatened to harm the victim should he fail to give them GHc20, 000 cash.
The prosecutor said the accused persons continued to hold the victim hostage in the police patrol to Kwame Nkrumah Circle where they met another accomplice of theirs who was in a civil dress.
Their accomplice reportedly joined them in the police patrol vehicle and they ordered the victim to transfer cash of GHc20, 000 from his Ecobank Account.
Having robbed the victim of his money, the accused persons deleted the transaction records on his phone, sent him to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange and called on a taxi driver where they forced him into it and asked the driver to drive on without looking back.