The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, has commenced investigations into the recent corruption scandal that hit the Judiciary Service.
The Director-General in charge of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that the police had written to the Attorney Generals Department and approval had been given for the investigations to begin.
COP Agblor said the CID had also written to the Judicial Secretary for the release of the judges and their judiciary staff implicated in the scandal to assist the police in investigations.
He said there was the need to go through the appropriate procedures to effect arrest, adding that when people are engaged in essential services, one can not just arrest them, since “you have to write to their employers to release them”.
COP Agblor said the Ghana Police Service Instruction 166 paragraph eight states that “Criminal proceedings against a government official in respect of any matter arising out of his official duties or connected with his employment as such, shall not be instituted without the permission of the Attorney-General”.
The CID director said the statements of those implicated would be taken and the normal criminal investigations procedure would follow.
It is recalled that massive bribery scandal hit the country’s judiciary recently with as 180 officials of the Judicial Service caught on camera taking bribes and extorting moneys from litigants.
Thirty-four of the suspected culprits, were said to be judges at the High, Circuit and the District courts.
Some of the culprits have also been linked to sex scandals in the video emanating from a two-year painstaking investigations into corrupt practices in the Judicial Service.
By Anita Nyarko