|L/C Frazer, Sergeant Ametepe and Uchenna|
The Volta regional Police command has transferred the case involving two of its officers and a Nigerian, who were busted for transporting substances suspected to be India hemp (Wee) in a Police van.
LanceCorporal Frazer Defeamekpor and Sergeant Prosper Ametepe and Uchenna Ubanezim were arrested last Saturday dawn by a Highway Patrol team at Sokode-Lokoe near Ho with 18 fibre bags, containing 1051 slaps of the suspected substance; which they were transporting in a Nissan Navara pick-up with registration number, GP 3741 belonging to the Ho Regional Police Training School (RPTS).
In an interview with VoltaOnline, the Public Affairs Officer of the regional Police Command, DSP Nicholas Asiamah-Yeboah disclosed that the Police Headquarters has directed that the case be transferred to Accra for further investigations and prosecution.
“We should have taken them to court today [Tuesday], but the case will be taken over by headquarters and they’ll be arraigned before court in Accra… So we’re waiting for the arrival of a team from the headquarters to come and pick them to Accra for further investigation.”
The Police P.R.O also noted Lance Corporal Defeamekpor, a driver stationed at the Police Training School and Sergeant Ametepe who is with the Keta Police MTTU admitted during interrogation that, they were contracted by Uchenna and to cart the ‘goods’ from Kpeve-Tornu in the South-Dayi District to Dzodze-Penyi in the Ketu-North district for a fee.
According to him, the officers will also face a Service Inquiry as part of the Public confidence reaffirmation campaign by the being championed by the current Police Administration led by the Inspector General Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan.
|The seized Substances|
Meanwhile, a Police Source also confirmed to VoltaOnline that a slab like the ones retrieved from the suspects’ costs between GH₵100.00 and GH₵200.00 in Ghana costs between GH₵300.00 and GH₵400.00 in Nigeria. This means that if a slab is valued at about GH₵150.000.00 then the owners of the consignment will be making a total of GH₵157,650.00.
The source also noted that the bust involving the three has been recorded as Region’s second largest in recent times. The largest substance involving 2096 slabs was intercepted a few months ago, concealed in a septic truck being driven by two brothers.