Police arrest immigrations officer for illegal arms deal

Ashanti Regional Police Command is calling for what officials describe as ‘house-cleaning’ of security agencies in the country to ensure sanity.

It comes in the wake of recent arrests of security personnel for various crimes.

In the latest incident, an Immigrations officer was picked up at Obuasi for alleged illegal sale of arms to civilians.

Regional Deputy Police Commander, ACP Ampofo Duku, says the worrying trend raises questions about the calibre of people in the security services.

ACP DUKU made this call when the police arrested an officer of the Ghana Immigrations Service, suspected to be dealing in illegal arms and ammunitions.

36-year-old Richard Atiso, who is Assistant Immigrations Control Officer, was arrested at Obuasi as he was negotiating to sell a gun to a supposed buyer.

His arrest was prompted by police intelligence upon which a policeman was detailed to feign interest to buy a gun.

He later met suspect Kwasi Deyira who promised to contact his brother who was in possession of the said pistol.

The two met the supplier who happened to be Richard Atiso the immigrations officer, who demanded 2,500 Ghana cedis for the supply.

Richard in two days met the buyer who is a police officer, and offered an Italian made BRONI MOD 92 PISTOL with 24 pieces of 9mm live ammunitions for a fee of 4,000 Ghana cedis instead of the earlier agreed price.

In the course of receiving the money, the police arrested him for dealing in illegal arms and ammunition.

They further discovered six pieces of 8mm ammunition in his car.

ACP Ampofo Duku believes it is high time authorities began a quick cleaning up exercise to sanitise the security service.

“It is very sad because we are the people expected to protect the society and weed out miscreants and so if such people are within our ranks then that’s serious.

“The signal is that it is serious and so we must sit up and do some house cleaning exercises before it gets out of hands,” he said.

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