A special unit of the National Security at the Castle, Monitoring and Surveillance, yesterday picked up the Volta Regional Coordinator of National Security, Appiah Fenteng, for his alleged involvement in smuggling, Ho-based ‘Global FM’ has reported.
According Global, Mr. Appiah Fenteng, who was cooling off in cells at the Volta Regional Police Headquarters, as of the time of going to press yesterday, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday at Tsito in the Ho West District in the Volta Region.
His arrest re-highlights a criminal past, Global FM reported.
Appiah Fenteng had earlier been sacked from the Ghana Police Service over his involvement in an alleged armed robbery.
He was appointed at the beginning of the year by the NPP government to head the Volta Region’s security unit, a portfolio that Global reports that many thought was above him.
According to the Ho-based FM station, sources at the Castle disclosed that Appiah Fenteng had been dismissed from the Police Service at the rank of Corporal, a rank that many believed did not qualify him to be the man to head security in the Volta Region.
In an interview with some businessmen and women who purchased their wares from Togo to sell at the regional capital, Ho, Appiah Fenteng asked them to notify him anytime they wanted to go buy their goods, and has since been extorting various sums of money (of not less than 500 Ghana Cedis) from them any time they brought in goods from Togo.
The regional security capo on Sunday, September 24, going by same modus operandi, tried to extort money from a businesswoman.
The victim, apparently, could not pay up, and he (Appiah Fenteng) impounded her wares and ordered that same be sent to Accra, during which journey the vehicle broke down on the Tsito stretch.