Superintendent Arthur has explained that the delay in concluding the trial of the indicted officers involved in the police recruitment scam is because of the number of witnesses being called to testify
The long trial of police officers allegedly involved in last year’s recruitment scam has got citizens agitating. The Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur for this reason has tried to calm those whom have been waiting ‘endlessly’.
Superintendent Arthur has explained that the delay in concluding the trial of the indicted officers involved in the police recruitment scam is because of the numerous witnesses being called to testify. Shedding light on the trial, he said that indicted persons have been allowed to invite witnesses to testify for them in order to exercise fairness.
And for this reason the some defendants have called many witnesses to testify for them in court. He also said he is a witness for one of the officers but took a very long while for him ton be invited in court.
In 2015, a huge recruitment scam rocked the Ghana Police service where over 500 people were given recruitment letters after allegedly paying between GHC1,500 to GHC2,500 and were asked to report at the training depots. When word of the scam broke out, the police commenced thorough investigations to fish out the culprits.
During its investigations, the police arrested three men including the Director-General in-charge of Human Resource, COP Patrick Timbilla. Some political big wigs have frowned at the police service for allowing its image to be tarnished oin that manner. Deputy Minority Spokesperson on Defense and Interior in Parliament, Major Derrick Oduro had earlier said the recruitment scam is an indictment on the Police Service, considering the same incident repeated itself in March this year.
Meanwhile the Ghana Police Service has commenced processes to recruit new officers into the service, six months to the crucial November 7 general elections. Ghana is hoping there’ll be no recruitment scams this time around.