THE police in Kumasi have arrested a 26-year-old man who posed as a policeman and extorted money from drivers.
Yaw Amoah, who posed as a police constable, was arrested in full police gear at a point near the Kejetia Terminal where he was stopping cars and collecting money from drivers.
He claimed to have received the police uniform from a policeman at the Asokwa Police Station in Kumasi and the Ashanti Regional Police Command has launched investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.
Briefing journalists at his office, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Patrick Timbillah, said the MTTU in Kumasi had long heard of the activities of the suspect and had been doing everything to trace him.
He said last Saturday a policeman spotted Amoah, who claimed to be a native of Barekese-Achiase in the Ashanti Region, stopping cars and extorting money from drivers near Kejetia.
He was quickly arrested and sent to the Regional Police Headquarters.
DCOP Timbillah said a search on the suspect revealed a wrap of leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and a quantity of GH¢1 notes suspected to have been collected from drivers.
Amoah told the police that he collected the uniform from his policeman friend at Asokwa, whom he named only as Mike.
According to the suspect, Mike released the uniform to him after he (Amoah) had convinced him that he wanted to wear it to collect a debt on behalf of his (Amoah’s) friend.
He further stated that he had long wanted to become a policeman but his parents refused to help him.
Amoah stated that he had, therefore, been happy to wear the uniform to perform the duties of a policeman in town.