A Techiman-based businessman, Mr Kwadwo Adjei, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to set up an independent investigation team to look into a case linking him to an extortion scandal involving five policemen at Techiman.
Mr Adjei, who made the appeal through the Daily Graphic, said he and the five policemen were arrested for allegedly extorting 450,000 CFA from two traders, but was later granted bail by the Sunyani Circuit Court.
He said, however, that his mobile phone was seized by the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command in the course of investigations.
According to Mr Adjei, although at the last hearing of the case, the court, presided over by Mr Justice Debrah, ordered the police to return the phone to him, they had refused to do so.
Mr Adjei said the continued refusal of the police to give him back his mobile phone despite the order by the court had affected his business, since he could not communicate.
He said the five policemen who were also suspects in the case had their mobile phones, while he had been denied his.
He also called on the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to impress upon the Brong
Ahafo Regional Police Command to obey the court order by handing over the mobile phone to him.
Mr Adjei said his woes with the police began when he started raising issues about the way the police in Techiman were going about their duties.
He said since then the Techiman police with support from the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command had devised several strategies to implicate him, but had failed consistently.
Mr Adjei alleged that the latest trap set for him by the police was to use some boys who dealt in fake currency, but he reported the matter to the Wenchi police, who arrested one Justice K. Adjoda with fake GH¢5 and GH¢10 with two accomplices.
He said Adjoda had since his arrest on July 19, 2008 been granted bail by the police and was walking freely on the streets of Techiman.
Mr Adjei urged the IGP to revisit the fake currency case, since the Techiman police had failed to act on it.