The Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery has observed he gets dismayed when he gets footages about police men allegedly taking monies from motorists.
“You can imagine how I feel as a Minister for the Interior that I get a video posted to me and I switch on [my data] and it’s my police officers that am boasting about who are literally taking monies. The vehicles are passing and they are taking monies”.
According to him that saddens him greatly as it makes it difficult for him to defend the police as being men and women of integrity.
“You are doing well. But the fact still remains that a few of you are not helping us with the way you behave”.
The motoring public has accused the police of gross extorting at checkpoints.
Both drivers and passengers plying the Kojokrom highway, for example, have complained bitterly about the activities of police men at a checkpoint close to the Ketan junction who openly collect between 1 and 2 Ghana cedis from especially commercial cars.
Mr. Ambrose Dery who begun a three day familiarization tour of the Western region this morning Monday October 9, 2017 at a meeting at the Western Region Police Command demanded from the police a commitment to work to dismiss the claims of extortion from the general public.
“I’m appealing to you that much as we are struggling to make sure your conditions of service are improved help us by making sure that the few people among you who are doing this stop”.
He said: “the President say no to corruption and he means it and we all must work to make sure that corruption is erased. He [Nana Addo] says if you want money then go to the private sector. So we are living according to that. So you must show the example that you are not corrupt”.
According to him a case of extortion is currently before him and he has forwarded a video evidence to the IGP for action to be taken.
“I’m being cautioned whether I am sure PIPS can do the work and I said yes. So the police must prove me right by dealing with this matter. Should it fail, I will have no choice but to invite external bodies to investigate us and that will be a shame for me”.
Well, the police personnel present at the meeting promised not to let the minister down going forward.
The minister is being accompanied by his deputy minister, Hon Henry Quartey, Regional Minister Dr. Kweku Afriyie, and the acting Chief Director at the Interior Ministry Mr. Samuel Amamkwaah.