The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has clearly called the bluff of the four Police Officers indicted in the GHc1.3 million gold scam, who have threatened to sue the Police Service over what they describe as negative media campaigns against them.
The then-East Legon Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale, is among the officers threatening legal action, and he has been cited as one of the leaders in the scam.
But in a brief comment on the matter to the media, after the Interior Minister called on the Police Headquarters on Wednesday, the IGP remarked: “Who are we to challenge him? That is his democratic right, he may go to court and sue the Ghana Police Service.”
A licensed US gold buying firm, Green Global Resources, accused the Ghana Police of serious corruption at the highest level in the case of an alleged GHc 1.3 million gold scam.
This alleged gold scam saw DSP Emmanuel Basintale, and six others interdicted after they were said to have seized 13 gold bars from Green Global Resources under the pretext that they bought stolen gold. The group is believed to have been led by DSP Basintale.
Lawyer for DSP Basintale and his three other colleagues, Kissi Agyabeng, in a statement said his clients“have borne in silence the brunt of the odium the publications reduced them to in their name, reputation, and standing in society, until now.”
They maintain that their clients were dutifully doing their job when they arrested persons from Green Global Resources.
They further insisted that four officers did not engage in any criminality by any stretch of the legal and factual imagination.
According to them, the Ghana Police Service is perpetuating an illegality by purporting to hold a service enquiry in respect of our clients in flagrant violation of C.I 76.