Police: We have enough fuel

CEPHAS ARTHUR -DPR addressing the media

CEPHAS ARTHUR -DPR addressing the media

The Police Administration has refuted a claim by one of its staff that its failure to arraign the eight suspected pirates on Wednesday, was due to lack of fuel for the vehicle to carry the suspects to the court.

According to the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Cephas Arthur, the police have enough fuel at their disposal for vehicles to carry out duties.

He was reacting to the front page story of yesterday’s Times in which Police Sergeant Victor Dosu, told an Accra Central Magistrate Court that the police had difficultyin transporting the accused to the court due to lack of fuel.

“It is far from the truth, the police have lots of fuel in all the fuel depots across the country,” DSP Arthur said.

“The incident is under investigation; we believe it was due to negligence on the part of somebody”, he stated, adding that the appropriate disciplinary procedure will be taken against any person found to have behaved unprofessionally.

He declared: “The matter is crucial and the police will not toy with it and will not ascribe fuel as the reason for not arraigning the suspects”.

Asked about the main reason for failing to send the pirates to court, he repeated: “It is a negligence of duty”.

DSP Arthur warned that those found guilty could be dismissed from the Service, or reduced in rank.

The eight suspected pirates were arrested by the Ghana Navy on January 19, in Ghanaian territorial waters, 26 nautical miles South East of Tema waters, after hijacking the Nigeria vessel, M.V. “Mariam”, carrying about 1,500 tonnes   of crude oil, en route to Togo.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman          


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