A POLICE constable at the Zongo Police Station in Kumasi has been arrested for allegedly stealing a pump action gun from a forex bureau where he was on duty.
Constable Paul Twumasi Ankrah, 25, was said to have taken advantage of a power outage at the duty point to steal the gun.
Officials at the Ashanti Regional Police Command said the constable admitted the offence after initially claiming that the gun had been given to him by a friend at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He has, consequently, been interdicted and is being prepared for court to face a charge of stealing.
The police have, however, managed to retrieve the gun from Ejura where it was allegedly sold for GH¢400.
The Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Chief Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko, in a briefing, said on March 22, 2010, the manager of Johnson’s Forex Bureau at Amakom in Kumasi lodged a complaint about the missing gun with the police.
He said the duty officer suspected Constable Twumasi of stealing the gun, since he was the one on duty at the time.
Acting on further information, police investigators invited Constable Twumasi for questioning, during which he mentioned one Ebenezer Sarfo Adu of KNUST as the one who sent a pump action gun to him to sell.
The suspect further told the police that he had given the weapon to one Mohammed, who sent it to Ejura.
Chief Inspector Tanko stated that on March 23, 2010, Ebenezer was arrested but he denied any knowledge of the Constable Twumasi’s story and even challenged the policeman to tell the police whether he (suspect) knew him (Ebenezer).
Upon further interrogation, Constable Twumasi admitted stealing the gun and he was subsequently arrested.