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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 31 January 2020


Police investigators reject over GHC6,000 bribe to drop case, arrest 3 suspects

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Police investigators in the Garu District of Upper East Region have rejected a 6,540 cedi bribe offered for a motorbike theft case to be dropped.

Kofi Awuni, who has been arrested, was said to have offered the money to investigators handling the case on Thursday.

Police intelligence led to the arrest of Amadu Yakubu in connection with a missing motorbike on Tuesday. January 28, 2020.

A search conducted in his room led to the retrieval of three unregistered motorbikes which were suspected to have been stolen from their owners.

Further investigations led to the arrest of Wudu Mohammed an alleged accomplice who is suspected for dishonestly receiving of stolen motorbikes and offering them for sale.

“While investigation was on-going, suspect Kofi Awuni offered investigators 6.540.00 cedis for the case of stealing and dishonestly receiving to be dropped. He was subsequently arrested and cautioned for attempting to bribe public officer,” a police statement said Friday.

The money offered, the police say, has been retained as exhibit for evidential purposes.

All three suspects who are under investigation were expected to be arraigned on charges of stealing and bribing public officer Friday.

The Police have urged the public to refrain from offering bribes to public officers during investigations.

“Instead, they should assist police with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of offenders…it is an offence against the state to bribe a police officer.

Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Police Command has intensified its operations to clamp down on criminals, especially those involved in motorbike theft, a crime it said, has been rampant along the Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso borders.