A Techiman-based businessman has petitioned the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command to set an independent investigation committee to probe what he described as “unprofessional and corruptible conduct” of some senior officers at the Techiman Municipal Police Station.
Mr Kwadwo Adjei, the petitioner and a motorbike dealer, who is a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Techiman Municipality, alleged the corruptible conduct of the officers at the station has diminished public trust and confidence in the Police administration.
A two-paged petition addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police Maxwell Atingane, the Regional Police Commander, appealed to him for the immediate transfer of the station master, crime officer and two other officers at the Criminal Investigation Department office at the police station.
The copy of the petition, made available to the Ghana News Agency on Friday in Sunyani could not provide the names of the stationmaster and the crime officer.
It alleged that the senior officers had connived with, and using two civilians as a “bait” to arrest and extort millions of Ghana cedis from alleged cocaine and marijuana peddlers and dealers in the Municipality.
The petition alleged that recently “with information from some civilians, the station master and the crime officer arrested a man using a blue-coloured saloon private vehicle carrying quantities of suspected marijuana at the local Wa buses terminal but extorted GH₵5,000.00 and freed the suspect”.
In another instance, the petition added that some Police personnel on Thursday June 30 arrested some suspected peddlers at some cocaine and marijuana joints in the Municipality, alleging that instead of prosecuting them, the officers extorted thousands of Ghana Cedis from the suspects and freed them.
The petition said these and other instances had exposed the Police Command in the Municipality to public ridicule and disrepute and therefore appealed to the Regional Police Command to investigate the matter.
It expressed worry about the increased crime wave in the Municipality and beseeched the Regional Command to act swiftly to bring the situation under control.