A farmer at Gelelia, a suburb of Accra, Mr Kwasi Hayford, has appealed to the police service to help him retrieve an amount of GHC10,000 a police officer collected on his behalf from the Nii Ardey Nkpa family of Tuba in Accra.
The said officer, whose name Mr Hayford gave as Peter Dzamesi, is an investigator at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Headquarters.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists over the weekend, Mr. Hayford noted that he bought a plot of land to the tune of GH¢16,700.00 from one Muntari and Waidu both from the Nii Ardey Nkpa family, but later realised that the same land had been sold to another person.
Following this development Mr Hayford indicated that he reported the matter to the Ngleshie Amanfro Police Division, saying that when the police invited the two land sellers, they refused to turn up.
According to him, because of the frustration he was going through, somebody introduced him to Mr Peter Dzamesi at the CID Headquarters in Accra.
He pointed out that Mr Dzamesi and one police officer who name he only mentioned as Felix were officially assigned to assist and arrest Muntari and Waidu who did the double sale of land.
Mr. Hayford continued an opinion leader at Kaneshie in Accra at a point intervened and pleaded with the police officers to allow the case to be settled at home so that the two suspects would refund his money.
“However, after the intervention of the said opinion leader, it was agreed that the culprits should pay the money to the police officer, Mr Dzamesi, to be given to me (Kwasi Hayford).
“But, interestingly after Mr Dzamesi succeeded in taking GH¢10, 000.00, he failed to give me the money,” Mr Hayford alleged.
He stressed that all efforts by him to get his money from the police officer proved futile as the policeman played hide and seek with his money.
Mr. Hayford said the policeman kept on saying that he will pay him but that has not come to fruition till date.
“…he has since gone into hiding and avoids my calls but when Hayford’s brother phone is used to call the suspect he picks it,” he alleged.
Mr. Hayford said the case has since been reported to the Head of Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Centre in Accra, Dr Kwesi Aning, to ensure that the police officer is brought to justice.
Against this background, he appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Appeatu, to bring help him retrieve his money from the police officer and also disciplinary action taken against him.
Meanwhile when Today reached Mr Dzamesi via phone on Friday, May 11, 2018, he said he had explained to Mr. Hayford that he used the money when he had a problem, adding that he even asked for time from the complainant to enable him pay the money to him later.
“Yes, it is true that l have only collected GH¢10,000.00 from the Nii Ardey Nkpa family headed by Mr Daniel Nii Tagoe on behalf of Mr KwasiHayford and used it to clear my debts after l had a problem with the Police Administration which caused my suspension some years ago,” the police officer told Today.
But, he was quick to tell this paper that he was working assiduously to ensure that he refunds the money to MrHayford for the matter to be settled.
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