From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
The Atebubu-Amantin District Director of Education, Lucas Nsekisi-Nim and his messenger, John Akwesi Hinneh, who were alleged to have extorted money from newly recruited untrained teachers (pupil teachers) in the district have been granted bail in the sum of Gh¢2,000 each and a surety each to be justified by a Sunyani Circuit Court.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges of extortion and abetment of crime and would re-appear before the court, presided over by Mr Justice Kwame Ohene Essel, on September 21, 2009.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Kingsley Baafi said on August 5, 2009 the director allegedly invited 18 pupil teachers who had received their pay arrears for the months of February and March to his office and demanded Gh¢140 each from them.
The prosecutor said he also threatened to terminate their appointment if they failed to meet his demand.
Chief Inspector Baafi said the teachers out of fear paid the money amounting to GH¢2,500 to the messenger who was asked by the director to collect the money on his behalf.
Not happy about the issue, some of the victims informed the district chief executive, who reported it to the police.