Lance Corporal Frank Adu Poku, a police officer, and Joel Osei Owusu, a final year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST), have allegedly gang raped a level 100 student of the school.
The police officer, who is stationed at Bomso, and his accomplice have been arrested and remanded in police custody.
Osei Owusu, on 19 July 2020, lured the victim, who sells female clothing online, to his hostel under the pretence of supplying her with clothes that would make her more profits.
Upon reaching his room, he forced her to undress, had unprotected sexual intercourse with her, and went ahead to record the act on camera.
Afterwards, he brought in his accomplice, Lance Corporal Adu Poku, armed with a pistol, to also forcibly have sexual intercourse with the victim.
The traumatized victim later reported the issue to the authorities of KNUST, who decided to report it to the police on 21 July 2022.
This led to the arrest of the two on 22 July 2022.
Although the Ghana Police Service is yet to release any official statement on the case, Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Godwin Ahianyo has confirmed that they received a report on the issue.
They were arraigned before the Asokore Mampong District Court on Thursday, 28 July, and remanded.
The suspects were charged with two counts – conspiracy to commit rape and rape.
The duo will reappear before the court on 10 August.
ACP Kofi Blagodzi, the prosecutor, spoke to the media on the fate of Lance Corporal Poku after he was remanded.
“Lance Corporal Frank Adu Poku has been interdicted by the police administration to ensure thorough investigation in the said alleged rape case,” he said.
He also added that the police would not shield any officer who commits such a crime.