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Police Inspector interdicted for leaving rifle in commercial vehicle

Ghana Police Service says it has interdict­ed Police Inspector Sulemana Adam of the Rapid Deployment Force; Takoradi in the Western Region for “neg­ligently” leaving his rifle in a commercial vehicle.

The rifle has since been returned by the driver of the said vehicle who also alleged that Inspector Adam had extorted money from him.

The head of the Public Rela­tions Unit, Takoradi Command of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent of Police, Olivia E. T. Adiku said the case has been referred to Police Profes­sionals Standards Bureau (PPSB) to allow for a thorough inves­tigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Both the Inspector and the driver are assisting the inves­tigation, Supt Adiku said in a statement log on the police social media handles at the weekend.

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It is recalled a mini commer­cial bus (trotro) driver reported that a police officer has left his gun in the front seat of the vehi­cle after allegedly taking GH¢100 bribe from him (driver).

According to the driver, who pleaded anonymity, said about five police officers stopped his vehicle and claimed “I was under arrest for loading at an unautho­rised area.

“I loaded passengers from Cape Coast to Takoradi. When I got to Takoradi around 8:30pm on Friday, a police vehicle with about five officers stopped me.

They alighted all my passen­gers and told me I was under arrest and that I will be taken to the office to be processed before court which I agreed,” he narrat­ed on Takoradi based Connect FM radio station.

He adds that the police offi­cers stopped along the way and demanded he pays an amount of GH¢150 before he would be set free.

“On our way to the Police station, they stopped and told me that if they should take me to the Police station, I will pay GH¢500 and my vehicle will be locked un­til Monday. They then told me to pay GH¢150 and I pleaded with them to have mercy upon me. They told me I was not serious and that the only way they would allow me to go is GH¢100 for a last price. So I paid the GH¢100 and they left me to go and con­tinue my work,” he noted.

According to the driver, he later realised one of the police officers who entered his vehicle had left his gun in the front seat.

“I could not work again be­cause they had taken all my mon­ey for the day. I went home and realised the police officer had left his gun in the vehicle. I have not been able to work for sometime because of the gun lying in my vehicle,” he added.

BY NORMAN COOPER

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