A police officer whose name was only given as Sergeant Botwe has been caught on tape allegedly taking bribe from a driver he accused of violating road traffic regulations.
Narrating the incident to host Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Thursday May 18, Yussuf Bouda, who was also in the private car in which the alleged extortion took place, said: “A police officer extorted GHS1500 from us yesterday just because he said we were making a call while driving.
“He entered our car, asked us to drive to an isolated place at Asylum Down, threatened he had a pistol on him, therefore we shouldn’t act funny and made away with GHS1500. This is how bad these men in uniform who are supposed to protect us have become.”
Reacting to this report also on the Ghana Yensom show, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, confirmed that the said video had reached his office.
Upon a cursory analysis of it, he said: “I saw somebody dressed in a uniform just as that of the Ghana Police Service exchanging money with a driver but I did not hear the conversation that took place among them. It may probably be a business transaction between the two of them, but that notwithstanding, if indeed it was a policeman who did that, investigations will be conducted into the matter.”