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General News of Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Source: Class FM

We’re not shielding Timbillah – Police

The Ghana Police Service is not covering up any alleged wrongdoing of its interdicted former Director General in charge of Human Resource Development, COP Patrick Timbillah, the Director General of Admin, DCOP Rose Atinga Bio has said.

Timbillah was implicated in a police recruitment scam in March and interdicted, following which an internal service inquiry was started against him.

Atinga Bio, who told Joy News on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 that the Service will not be railroaded into making any premature public disclosures on the inquiry, rebuffed suspicions by anti-graft campaigners that the protracted investigation betrays mischief on the part of the Police.

She said the lack of knowledge on the part of anti-graft crusaders about the processes involved in conducting a service inquiry is what is leading them to make hasty conclusions.

According to her, whatever has been found by the investigators so far has been put before those in charge of the inquiry, adding that “the inquiry will disclose whether COP Patrick Timbillah has misconducted himself or not…”

“I … want to assure those who believe we are covering somebody that this is not the line of thinking of the Ghana Police Service,” she added.

COP Timbillah was interdicted after a committee set up by the Police to investigate the scam traced a letter of the fraudulent act to him.

Immediately after his arrest and interdiction in March, David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, director general in charge of public affairs of the Ghana Police Service told the media that investigations into the affair could be over in about a week, after which prosecutions will begin.

Seven people were arrested by the police in connection with the scam.

They include two police officers Constable Ruth Agyiri, 27, of the Central Police Station in Koforidua, who allegedly swindled a victim of Gh¢1,500, and Corporal Gideon Sarpong.

The others are a radio presenter of Silver Radio Amos Brown, 40, who, according to Ampah-Bennin, has taken various sums from over 40 persons to enlist them in the police service; Richard Harrison, 30, who lured others for over Gh¢4,200, and a pastor Paul Danso.