Gifty Mawuenyega

DSP Mawunyegah Tehoda, the beleaguered police officer dismissed for her alleged complicity in the swapping of 120 kilograms of cocaine, yesterday said she knew nothing about the storeroom where the cocaine ? which was supposed to be used as evidence against Nana Ama Martin, a cocaine suspect ? was kept by the police.

She told an Accra Human Rights Court presided over by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah that she did not know that the security of the exhibits room had been breached and could not remember exactly where she was on the day the exhibit was supposed to be tendered in court.

The police officer said these during a cross-examination by Cecil Adadevoh, a state attorney, in a case in which DSP Tehoda has dragged the Ghana Police Service to court over her detention, interdiction and subsequent dismissal, which she claimed was unlawful.

The DSP, who was sacked from the Police Service after her arrest by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for her alleged involvement in the swapping of the aforementioned quantity of cocaine with sodium bicarbonate, said she had no idea about any report which implicated her in the

breach of security of the exhibit room.

She also denied ever being to the Ghana Standards Board (GSB) between September 27, 2011 and November 2011; and could not recollect exactly where she was on the day the GSB staff testified that the exhibit had turned into sodium bicarbonate.

In addition, she also said she did not know any court clerk at the Cocoa Affairs Circuit Court where Nana Ama Martin was tried nor did she know where the exhibits were kept in court.

DSP Tehoda, who was asked about a statement she had alleged was made by DCOP Rose Atinga-Bio, the Director-General of Administration of the Ghana Police Service on Joy FM ? an Accra-based radio station ? said she could not remember the exact statement but would bring evidence of it later.

The police officer also claimed that Prosper Agblorh, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Service, equally made some statements which she would make available to the court in due course.

Responding further to the cross-examination, she said she was on half salary during her interdiction till the dismissal letter was handed to her.

She explained that till her dismissal she was the Deputy Commander of the Crime Unit and said there had never been any adverse findings against her.

According to her, she was promoted after excelling in all subjects at the Police College, but was not given any project.

The case has been adjourned to April 3, 2014.

Mrs. Tehoda has filed a writ against the State, seeking a declaration that her detention in cells beyond 48 hours by the BNI was unlawful.
She is also seeking a declaration that her prosecution by the State over the alleged swapping of cocaine was malicious because the facts before the court could not establish any criminal charges against her.

She is praying the court for compensation for her unlawful dismissal, as well as an order against the Inspector-General of Police to reinstate her with all benefits.
She was put before an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Francis Obiri, on a charge of abetment of crime.

The case was however, dismissed after the prosecution, led by Rexford Wiredu, had asked for her   unconditional discharge.


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