Constable Ruth Agyiri
The Police Council has ordered that disciplinary action be instituted against police personnel implicated in the recent recruitment scam to hit the Ghana Police Service.
This was part of directives issued by the Police Council yesterday when it considered the report of the Special Investigations Taskforce (SIT) empanelled by the Inspector General of Police shortly after the scandal made the headlines.
A release from the Service’s Public Affairs Directorate added that the Council had directed that the case docket be forwarded to the Attorney General for legal advice.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur who chaired a meeting of the Council yesterday as Chairman of the Police Council, had been away from the country – a reason the report could not be considered since its presentation to the Council towards the end of last week.
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan should be laughing last following the endorsement of the contents of the report by the Police Council and the action taken so far since the scandal hit the media landscape and went viral subsequently.
A section of Ghanaians had earlier insisted that the police should not probe itself by the IGP’s constitution of the SIT.
The officers interdicted as part of an initial response by the Police Administration would remain in that status until further notice, following the decision of the Council to endorse that action by the Police Administration.
The Council has also asked that the Administration ‘take measures to sensitize and continue to educate the public on police recruitment processes so as to avoid reoccurrence of this incident.’
The mention of COP Patrick Timbillah, the Director General of Human Resource of the Ghana Police Service – the department responsible for managing recruitments in the enlistment scam – caused uncontrollable apprehension among a broad spectrum of Ghanaians, some of them police officers.
For police personnel, especially the officer corps, the piece of news shocked them, considering the rank of the gentleman who has reached the pinnacle of his career in the law enforcement agency, having served for over three decades or so.
Hundreds of youth reported to the various law enforcement training centres across the country confidently clutching their appointment letters they received after duly paying various amounts of money to account numbers provided them by agents involved in the scam.
It was when they were told that they had been duped that the reality of their fate dawned upon them.
By A.R. Gomda
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