A Police Officer with the Tafo Pankrono District Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Inspector Asumadu Boakye, is said to have forcibly returned a bribe of ¢500 to a suspect after the District Police Commander was petitioned.
According to Nana Awudu, the suspect, Inspector Asumadu kept him in police custody till the next morning when he failed to pay the money to him.
Nana Awudu disclosed that one Akwasi Asante, a friend who visited him [the suspect], the next day, rather paid the amount on his behalf before he was granted police enquiry bail.
Mr Asante, speaking to The Probe, disclosed that he petitioned the District Police Commander, who interrogated Inspector Asumadu and after admission, refunded the “bailing” money to him.
To ensure discipline in the service, Mr Asante says he has subsequently petitioned the Ashanti Regional Police Command to take disciplinary action against Inspector Asumadu since bribery and extortion constitute criminality, adding that such action will serve as a deterrent to other police personnel.
Inspector Asumadu has not been available for comment as his phone has been off.
Efforts made to get the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng to comment on the matter has also proved futile.