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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 18 May 2015

Source: GNA

Soldier Arrested For Aiding Landguards

A 32-year-old soldier from the 66 Artillery Regiment, Ho, in the Volta Region, has been arrested by the police for allegedly giving out military uniforms to civilians, ostensibly to terrorize people over a piece of disputed land.

Lance Corporal Humphrey Tetteh was busted together with Isaac Quaye, 30 and Ernest Odartey, 23, both civilians.

The suspected landguards were apprehended on May 13, 2015 on the disputed land at La, Accra, wearing the military uniforms and said to be terrorizing some residents.

Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, Chief Superintendent Paul Kontomah, Accra Regional Crime Officer, said on April 17, 2015, one Madam Rita Mahama reported a case of trespassing against one Robert Nai.

In the course of investigation, it came to light that Nai (wanted by police) had sold the same land he had earlier sold to Ms Rita Mahama, to Lance Corporal Humphrey Tetteh.

He (Lance Corporal Tetteh) and Madam Mahama were warned to stay away from the land until Nai was arrested but on May 13, 2015, the military man purportedly issued military uniforms to Isaac Quaye and Ernest Quaye to act as military officers protecting the land.

According to Chief Superintendent Kontomah, police had information of their activities and proceeded to the site to apprehend the two imposters but Lance Corporal Humphrey Tetteh managed to escape arrest.

Oko Mensah, 33, a mason reportedly hired by the soldier to work on the land, was also apprehended by the police.

Lance Corporal Tetteh was later busted and while being interrogated, tried to escape again but he was pursued and re-captured.

The two civilians have been charged with possessing military accoutrement without authority while Lance Corporal Humphrey Tetteh has also been charged for abetment of crime.

They are yet to be put before court.