4 security agencies pledge to deal ruthlessly with scammers

Francis-Palmdetti-65 FOUR security agencies have expressed their readiness to deal with individuals and groups who adopt dubious means to get enlisted into the various services.

The agencies who issued the warning in separate interviews with The Ghanaian Times are the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Prison Service, and the Ghana Immigration Service.

The Public Affairs directorates of the four security services confided in our reporter, in the wake of the recent recruitment scam within the Ghana Police Service, saying it was criminal for people to manoeuvre their way into the agencies without following the due process.

The Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Aggrey Quashie said even though his outfit had continued to warn the public several about the activities of these fraudsters, people still fall prey to their dubious activities.

“We have educated the public through the media several times but people still fall victim to the activities of these scammers who claim they could assist them. Some people were arrested sometime ago and were consequently handed over to the police for prosecution, he said.

Lt. Col. Quashie said following such experience, the GAF decided to move away from manual means of recruitment, starting from the application stage to digital process where prospective applicants apply electronically.

According to him, the process provides immediate results by giving the applicants quick responses about whether they have been shortlisted or not.

The Director of Public Affairs of Ghana Immigration Service, Comptroller of Immigration, Francis Paldeti, said his outfit made sure that it advertised the recruitment process in the national dailies; The Ghanaian Times and Daily Graphic after which a committee was set up to scrutinise the application forms and shortlist those qualified.

He said, in spite of the numerous sentisatisation that the service carried out, desperate applicants preferred to rely on these fraudsters.

The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons Vitalis A-Yiah, said recruitment into his outfit followed the same process as pertains in other security services by ensuring that the process is advertised in the national dailies and those who qualified shortlisted.

He said the list of those shortlisted was consequently handed over to the Director-General, other directors and those in-charge of training, noting that prospectus could not be issued to any person without the authorities knowing about it.

When contacted, the Deputy National Public Relations Officer of the National Fire Service, Divisional Officer, III, Prince Billy Anaglate, said a committee on recruitment is formed to come out with the procedures.

Prior to that, he said, “the process is advertised in the media, spelling out the requirement process”.

He said “shortlisted candidates are told when they would be issued with letters of admission”, adding that wherever there were doubts on the application forms, the applicants were called to provide the necessary information.

He explained that after the committee had completed its work, the findings would be submitted to the Chief Fire Officer.

The police service recently arrested a number of people including two of its personnel for their alleged involvement in the recruitment scam into the Police Service.

Commissioner of Police, Patrick Timbilla, in-charge of Human Resource Development of the Police Service, was subsequently interdicted and his accounts frozen to enable a special taskforce to enable a special investigation the issue.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour 

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