An Accra Circuit court has granted bail to five policemen who allegedly robbed a student of GH¢ 20,000 at gunpoint at East Legon in Accra.
The accused persons (Police robbers), General Lance Corporal Redeemer Agama, General Constables Wishwell Odoo, Evans Amwagsi, Lawat Agyapong and Sena Kuvordo, who have been charged with conspiracy, robbery and conspiracy to commit crime to wit, giving bribe to influence public officer, were granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 80,000 with three sureties following a bail application by their lawyer.
As part of the bail conditions, two of the sureties must be public servants earning not less than GH¢ 2,000 a month.
They are to reappear on July 13 at the court presided over by Mrs Rosemond Torsu.
The policemen who are from the National Deployment Force (RDF) at the National headquarters, are also alleged to have offered their case investigator a GH¢2,500 bribe to cover them up in the matter.
They have, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them by the prosecutor.
The facts as presented by the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Evans Kesse, were that the complainant, Jeffery Mackeon Yeboah, was a student and a businessman, while the accused persons who were with the RDF Unit, usually performed vehicular patrol duties.
The prosecutor said on May 24 this year, at about 0200 hours, the complainant was on board an Uber around the University of Professional Studies, Accra, when the accused persons were on Operation Calm Life Police Service vehicle with arms meant for night patrol.
He said the policemen forced the victim (complainant) into a police patrol vehicle and accused him of scamming.
The prosecution said the accused persons threatened the complainant with harm and asked the complainant to hand over every penny on him as they drove him from Madina to Awudome cemetery, near Kaneshie.
The accused persons, according to the prosecution, demanded over GH¢20,000.00 from the complainant amid terrorisations.
The prosecutor said the accused persons ordered the complainant to transfer the cash from his bank account through the online banking system into his mobile money account.