General News of Sunday, 8 March 2015
The Ghana Police Service has explained that they put the Director General of Police Human Resource and Administration, COP Patrick Timbilla under house arrest to avoid interference in ongoing investigation.
Timbilla is currently under house arrest after he was implicated by some victims of the recent Police recruitment scam.
A press statement signed by the Deputy General of Police, David Ampah Bennin noted that investigations into the case are ongoing to “ensure a complete paradigm shift in policing in the country.”
Ampah Benin said though the “Police Administration was surprised at the sophistication and magnitude of the fraud” it was convinced that “the new recruitment system, whose implementation began with the last recruitment exercise undertaken in 2014, would expose any attempts to corrupt the system.”
He indicated that the Police administration’s new recruitment system “exposed the fraudulent act.”
We’ll leave no stone unturned
Ampah Benin also assured that the Police Service will”leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this case.”
He said “anyone, whether within or outside the Police Service found culpable, will be made to face the law.”
Infringement on rights
In a related development a legal practitioner has described Timibilla’s house arrest as an infringement on his rights.
He believes the suspect should be made to go through the required procedure rather than a house arrest since he has been found culpable.
“… If we have reasonable suspicion that this gentleman has committed an offence, why is the person in a house arrest. …His arrest means he cannot move freely, he cannot move out of his house?What is that” he queried.
Using the constitution to support his claim Mr. Oppong further stated that “Article 14(2) makes it very clear that a person who is arrested, restricted or detained shall be informed immediately in the language that he understands of the reason for his arrest, restrictions for detentions and of his right to lawyer of his choice.”