TV3 Network reports that, the police officer suspected to have leaked a lead from Togo about Theophilus Tagoe, popularly known as Castro D’Destroyer, has been interdicted by the Ghana Police Service.
Corporal Zepherine Awunyo Dogbe was interdicted indefinitely last Wednesday, July 16, TV3 gathers, with her phone seized.
According to reports, she was interdicted on mere suspicion and no hearing has been called since then.
Corporal Dogbe is said to have flouted Service Act 350 (70) which states: “It is a misconduct for a police officer to divulge a confidential information to a person not authorized to receive it.”
“As she is suspected to have divulged a confidential information, a strictly internal communication material, she is interdicted,” said Head of the Service’s Public Affairs Directorate, DSP Cephas Arthur.
The action has infuriated human rights lawyers, who strongly believe the Service erred in interdicting Corporal Dogbe on mere suspicion.
“It is not enough to quickly or hurriedly interdict people on mere suspicion which cannot be substantiated,” said Francis Xavier Kojo Sosu, a human rights lawyer.
“It is important to take into account the right of the police officer to enjoy her service without any intimidation from the Service.”
According to Mr Sosu, this is not a matter of serious security breach as the information on the leaked document is reported false.
Castro was feared drowned on the Volta River on July 6 and after two weeks of search, hopes faded as to whether he will still be alive.
However, a wired message to the Service from its Togolese counterpart, noting that the hiplife artiste was in a hospital in Togo, went viral on social media.
Corporal Dogbe of the Police Information Room is suspected to have leaked the message.