General News of Monday, 4 January 2016
All reports on the Police Service’s interdicted former Director General in charge of Human Resource Development, COP Patrick Timbillah, will be ready by the end of February, acting Inspector General of Police John Kudalor has said in an exclusive interview with Accra 100.5 FM’s breakfast show ‘Ghana Yensom’ on Monday January 4, 2016.
Mr Kudalor told host Chief Jerry Forson that: “I’ve inherited all assets and liabilities of the Police Service since I took over as acting IGP …I’ve given the commander an ultimatum to present a report on the investigation. There are three reports. Two are ready. The final one is yet to be completed. Once all are done, we’ll put the report in the public domain.”
He said Ghanaians should look forward to the report by the end of February.
In late September last year, the Director General of Administration, DCOP Rose Atinga Bio, the Ghana Police Command was not covering up any alleged wrongdoing by COP Timbillah.
Mr Timbillah was implicated in a police recruitment scam in March and interdicted, following which an internal service inquiry was started against him.
Atinga Bio, who told Joy News on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 that the Service will not be railroaded into making any premature public disclosures on the inquiry, rebuffed suspicions by anti-graft campaigners that the protracted investigation betrays mischief on the part of the Police.
She said the lack of knowledge on the part of anti-graft crusaders about the processes involved in conducting a service inquiry is what is leading them to make hasty conclusions.
According to her, whatever has been found by the investigators, so far, has been put before those in charge of the inquiry, adding that “the inquiry will disclose whether COP Patrick Timbillah has misconducted himself or not…”
“I … want to assure those who believe we are covering somebody that this is not the line of thinking of the Ghana Police Service,” she added.
COP Timbillah was interdicted after a committee set up by the Police to investigate the scam traced a letter of the fraudulent act to him.
Immediately after his arrest and interdiction in March, David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, director general in charge of public affairs of the Ghana Police Service told the media that investigations into the affair could be over in about a week, after which prosecutions will begin. However, almost a year after the interdiction little has been heard of the inquiry.
Seven people were arrested by the police in connection with the scam.
They include two police officers Constable Ruth Agyiri, 27, of the Central Police Station in Koforidua, who allegedly swindled a victim of Gh¢1,500, and Corporal Gideon Sarpong.
The others are a radio presenter of Silver Radio Amos Brown, 40, who, according to Ampah-Bennin, has taken various sums from over 40 persons to enlist them in the police service; Richard Harrison, 30, who lured others for over Gh¢4,200, and a pastor Paul Danso.