Sefwi Bekwai: Police seize, abscond with antelope meat after farmers failed to pay GHC 50 ‘bribe’


Three (3) farmers from Sefwi Humjibre are up in arms against the some personnel of the Bekwai District Police Command for allegedly seizing some antelopes they killed in their farms and offered for sale by the road side.

According to the farmers who are led by Kwame Gyamerah, some personnel of the Ghana Police Service at Baakokrom, a suburb in the Sefwi Bekwai District seized the meat after they failed to pay an amount of GHC 50.00 which the police demanded from them upon ‘arresting’ the farmers for illegally killing the animals.

Kwame Gyamerah, a victim, who narrated his ordeal to said they are farmers who are into okro farming and managed to kill the animals (antelopes) that destroy the okro.

He denied that they killed the animals in the forest.

He cried out that they sent their nephews to Sefwi Bekwai to sell the carcasses of the animals only to be seized by the police of Baakokrom, a suburb of Sefwi Bekwai in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region after they refused to pay an amount of GHC 50.00 charged by the police at a stop point.

“We’re cautioning everyone not to buy or consume any meat from the police service else he/she will face greater consequences.

“The police angrily seized and drove away their car with our antelope meat to Bekwai and we cannot locate our belongings anymore,” Kwame Gyamerah said.

Responding to the allegations of the farmers, Superintendent Isaac Baah, Sefwi-Bekwa Police commander confirmed that the antelope meat have been kept in a refrigerator for preservation and not for selling purpose.

He said the wildlife and game officers have taken pictures and have recommended that the farmers must be arrested and arraigned before court for defying their bush meat ban.

Source: Ghana | | Samuel Sackey


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