Ellembele Divisional Police Commander ACP Dodzi Hlordzi has been interdicted.
He was interdicted on Monday, September 5.
Two excavators were seized on Tuesday, August 30, by a combined team of members of the Ellembelle District Mining Committee and District Security Council meters away from the Nkroful Agriculture Senior High School for engaging in illegal mining.
The two machines, however, went missing two days after.
This degenerated into accusations and counter-accusations between the District Chief Executive for Ellembelle in the Western Region, Kwasi Bonzo, and the police.
He has since been arrested.
His arrest happened meters away from the Axim junction after he had attempted to verify whether an excavator being transported was among the two that went missing after the Ellembelle District Mining Committee seized them at an illegal mining site.
3news.com has learned that the DCE was on his way to Sekondi for a radio program when he received a tip-off that a brand new excavator has been spotted being escorted on the Ellembelle road.
He and the team travelling, tracked the machine to a spot after the Ankobra Beach Resort but could not stop it.
They persisted. The vehicle transporting the machine slowed down while going over some rumble strips few meters to the Axim junction.
It was there that the DCE is reported to have identified the excavator as among those missing. As a result, he and his team managed to stop the vehicle.
While he was inquiring from the driver where he was taking the excavator to, some plain-clothed officers in a white pick-up and Nissan patrol car came out and a confrontation ensued.
In the course of the exchanges, 3news.com learns the DCE was physically assaulted, handcuffed and pushed into the waiting white pick-up.
The arrested DCE was sent ought to the Western Region Police Command.