General News of Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Deputy Minority Spokesperson on Defense and Interior in Parliament, Major Derrick Oduro has said the recent Police recruitment scam is an indictment on the intelligence gathering skills of the security agency.
This, according to him, is because the Police should have been able to nip the scam in the bud.
Another recruitment scam involving a number of young men and women hit the Ghana Police service last week.
Over 500 people were given recruitment letters after allegedly paying between GHC1,500 to GHC2,500 and asked to report at the training depots last Friday.
The Police have since arrested three men for their alleged involvement in the scam.
In an interview with Citi News, the Nkoranza North MP insisted that the Police could have stopped the fraudsters with sharp intelligence gathering system.
“I’m greatly surprised because in March, same scam happened, [and] some of us were asking of an extended investigation to involve a whole lot of people. Now the Police administration insisted that they could do it to forestall future occurrence, and it has happened again!”
“This time the amount collected from the victims were higher than whatever that happened in March. This is very serious,” he intimated.
Major Derrick Oduro noted that a similar scam occurred in the Ghana Armed Forces but the situation was “suppressed at the very initial stage” adding that “that is not the case with the Police service.”
The MP lamented that the challenge is that when such things happen in the Police service, it takes a while before the “it gets to the intelligence department of the Police.
At times, the perpetrators are able to finish all the arrangement and they bolt before they get rid of them. Why should that happen? It means there is something wrong with the Police intelligence department.”