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Prosecute Police officers caught using hard drugs – Kumadoe to IGP

Security Consultant Richard Kumadoe has charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare to swiftly see to the prosecution of officers who are arrested over drugs possession.

He said the act, when sustained, will help rebuild the image of the Ghana Police Service which has suffered a reputation dip for years.

The security researcher believes the swift prosecutions will deter other officers within the Service to desist from the use of hard drugs or their trade.

Dr George Akuffo Dampare, IGP

Police And Drugs

Kumadoe was speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ in relation to the arrest of Police General Sergeant Lotsu Agbeko over 84 parcels of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

He was arrested on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Agbeko, who was carrying the substance in his private vehicle, failed to stop at the Have Police barrier in the Volta Region when he was signalled by the officers on duty to stop.

The suspect

He was, therefore, chased and on reaching a section of the road on the Kpeve Mountain, he was involved in an accident resulting in a fracture in his left arm, a police statement said.

Police said he was arrested at the accident scene and receiving medical attention under guard at the Police Hospital.

Kumadoe believes the usage of drugs among police personnel is the reason some become trigger-happy in public places which result in the maiming and killing of innocent civilians.

Asked y host Prince Minkah whether interdiction was enough when police officers are apprehended in a similar act, the security expert indicated it was rather stiffer punishments that would help cleanse the Service.

“It is prosecution is what will help stop police officers from doing same. If he is interdicted, prosecution should come next to serve as a precedent to other police officials,” he added.

Bemoaning the lack of will to frequently prosecute Police officers for criminal acts, Kumadoe cited the United States of America as a country Ghana ought to learn from.

“The guy who killed George Floyd in the U.S has been prosecuted,” he added and suggested for regular prosecutions to be made in Ghana to redeem the image of the Ghana Police Service.

Promotion of Officers

Meanwhile the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday promoted two personnel for their role in arresting Lotsu Agbeko.

They are Inspector Azumah Komla Justice and General Lance Corporal Felix Diameh.

Director of Public Affairs Department, Chief Superintendent of Police, Grace Ansah-Akrofi, in a statement said the Police Administration commended the police officers for their patriotism, vigilance and dedication to duty.

 

By Henryson Okrah| Myxyzonline.com

 

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