The Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPs) Bureau is investigating a case involving some police personnel from the Kumasi Central Police Command who have allegedly scheme with some fraudsters to divert a truck load of frytol cooking oil and sold the goods to their standby customers.
It has been alleged that some two police personnel at the Kumasi Central Police command, Kofi Fofie and Mathew Azakar have jointly collected an amount of GH¢ 50,000.00 from suspects who have diverted goods worth GH¢ 270,000.00 and allowed them to have their way.
This paper has gathered that a Transporter with Frytol Ghana (Woemma Africa), headed by Bismark Atta Hanson was introduced to a DAF truck with registration number AS 7377-10 which he could use in transporting goods from one destination to the other.
According to Bismark Atta Hanson, unknown to him the said truck is a “diversion truck” which is being used to divert and steal peoples’ goods.
He explained that the truck which belongs to one Janet, was however used in April 2017, to load frytol cooking oil valued at GHC270,000 from Sefwi Dwenase in the Western Region and after six days, he heard nothing of the truck.
The truck according to him failed to reach the destination for which it was prepared for after six days with the driver giving the excuse in telephone conversation that, the truck had developed some fault which led to their delay.
According to Bismark Atta Hanson, he drove from Kumasi through the route but couldn’t find the claimed broken down truck, and it was then that he suspected foul play.
He averred that he later got wind of an arrest of the same truck in Takoradi with some stolen goods.
“I was earlier informed that the boy who was arrested with the truck, Dan Coffie Mieko, was in cells at Offinso. I went there but couldn’t find him there. I spoke to some few people and was able to get to the people who arrested him. So they took me to Zongo Police Station and we were told he was taken to Adiembra. That was where we found him,” he explained to The New Crusading GUIDE in an interview
“At the initial stage, he denied knowing me but after receiving some slaps from the police, he confessed running away with my goods,” he said.
According to him, they were taken round traders whom they sold the goods too but unfortunately, they could not retrieve anything from them.
Bismark Atta Hanson said the situation was becoming tensed so he had to engage the services of a lawyer who wrote to the police command requesting an investigation into the incident.
He revealed that the suspect Dan Coffie Mieko confessed giving GH¢ 50,000.00 to two police officials, Kofi Fofie and Mathew Azakar who met the truck at a warehouse in Kwadaso, and initially demanded GH¢ 80,000.
Irrespective of the fact that the waybill and documents covering the goods indicated the destination of the goods, and contact of the transporter, the two policemen after taking the GH¢ 50,000.00 failed to alert the owner of the goods.
Bismark Atta Hanson said the police, has since the matter has been reported failed to ensure that the suspect and those involved are brought to book.
He expressed great disappointment in the police but indicated that after stressful efforts, the matter has been sent to Court.