One of the victims who was manhandled by the uniformed police personnel with some amount of cash was extorted from him has opened up about his ordeal.
The victim, also a student, says he was in a ride-hailing vehicle on his way to the airport when the police officers stopped the vehicle on suspicion that h was an internet fraudster known in the local [email protected] as Sakawa
His arrest was effected according to him, by Police who were a part of operation calm lives on the University for Professional Studies (UPSA), Accra road on Friday, May 21, 2021.
He said the police stopped the car he was sitting in and asked him to empty his pocket. In his pocket was an amount of GHC 1000 and a phone. After emptying his pocket, the police asked him what he does for a living but he told the Police he is a student.
The Police then said then he is a fraudster considering the amount of money he has on him.
“All that happened was that the car was stopped by the police. I was on my phone when the car stopped. One officer told me to remove everything in my pocket. It was GHS 1,000 and a phone. He asked what I do, and I said I was a student. Then he started asking me about my family and I answered. I asked him why he is asking me all that because I felt unsafe.”
“So I decided to call my dad and then one of them snatched my phone and hanged the call. The officer then started going through my mail and went through chats about the business I do with my girlfriend who is in the UK. He just said I have a lot of money, so I am into fraud. He then handcuffed me and put me into their car”, the anonymous victim said.
The victim said after persistent demands from the police to settle them, he had to pay GHC 20, 000.
“We went through the Airport road, and they said either I take them to a hotel and give them GHS 20.,000, or I go to the police headquarters. But I insisted that I have done nothing wrong. They started threatening me, and so I started feeling unsafe, and said I will give them the money, so they set me free.”
“They took me to Awudome Road through to Circle. They called one guy who came with a phone. The police took the phone and asked me to transfer the money to the Mobile Money number. So I transferred the money from my bank account to the mobile money wallet. They then left me and I took a taxi cab home”, he revealed on Accra-based Citi Fm in an interview.
All five police personnel have since been charged for robbery and remanded in prison custody to reappear in a fortnight.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ 2021
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