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Using junior officers to prosecute me humiliating – Agordzo laments

Top police official, ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo who is facing charges for allegedly plotting to destabilize the state has accused some police officials of wanting to humiliate him.

He said the decision to make officers of a lower rank to investigate and prosecute him is only meant to frustrate him.

ACP Dr. Agordzo made the comments when he appeared before the Kaneshie District Court on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

He argued that within the security service, junior officers are not allowed to investigate and prosecute senior officials.

According to ACP Agordzo, since the inception of the case, he has raised issues with the treatment but nothing has been done about it.

ACP Agordzo told the court that the attention of the then Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah who had jurisdiction of the case was drawn to the matter by the Inspector General of Police but she refused to make the correction.

ACP Agordzo has been charged with abetment to commit treason felony.

Background

ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo was on several occasions denied bail by the High Court after his arrest over his alleged involvement and contribution to the ‘Take Action Ghana’ group which the State claims had devised a detailed plot to destabilize the county.

He was charged with abetment to commit crime namely treason felony and was on remand in police custody.

Lawyers of the policeman had argued that their client according to the law could be granted bail pending trial.

In their arguments before the court, the lawyers led by Martin Kpebu said their client was entitled to bail and will make himself available for investigations or trial if needed.

But the courts had always dismissed these applications for his release.

On one of the occasions, for instance, his bail application was denied after the High Court in Accra described it as premature due to the fact that investigations on the case were still ongoing.

The judge, George Buadi also said the position of the applicant as a senior police officer can make him influence ongoing investigations.

The family of the accused senior police officer had made claims that personnel of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service were scheming to plant false evidence on his electronic gadgets.

A brother to the suspect, Cephas Agordzo, alleged that the CID personnel used dubious means to seize the gadgets after the family resisted attempts by the investigators to conduct a search on the gadgets without the presence of witnesses.

He was however granted bail on January 23, 2020.

Source: | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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