A/R: Police officers kidnap mobile money merchant; demand GHS 3000 ransom

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    A mobile money merchant at Kodie in the Afigya Kwabre South District of the Ashanti region is languishing at the hands of some five police officers believed to be attached to the Ashanti Regional Highway Patrol Team for failing to pay a GHS 3000 bribe.

    The amount is to compensate for the mobile money merchant’s filming of a brutal assault on a truck driver and his mate at Kodie by the police officers with his mobile phone on Sunday morning.

    The victim was arrested and put to cell at the Kodie District Police Station before he was whisked away in the bucket of a patrol vehicle to Abofour, a town in the Offinso South Municipality where the police officers were to mount a road check.

    As at 7 PM Sunday evening, the victim was still in the custody of the five police officers who had handcuffed and confined him to the bucket of the van without offering him food or water since they arrested the merchant around 11 AM.

    The police officers insisted until an amount of GHS 600 was sent to the mobile money account of one of them, the victim would not be let free; saying the amount was a figure quoted by their superiors for his release.

    The telephone number, 0550706100, registered in the name of one Haruna Alaale was given to the victim so that his relatives would send the bribe to it.

    The victim, who secretly spoke with Angel News with the mobile phone of one of the officers who was anxiously waiting for his account to be credited with the ransom, he said “they first quoted GHS 3000 and then reduced it to GHS 2000 and finally settled on GHS 600 after a lengthy bargaining, but I don’t have anybody to get that kind of money from at this time”.

    At the time of filing this story, the victim had been moved from Abofour to an unknown location, since the ransom had not hit the account of the police officer.

    Efforts to reach the leadership of the police administration in the Ashanti region have been futile.

    Angel News would keep following this story.

    By: Edward Amagyei Naaso//ABNGHANA.COM