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Police commence investigations into alleged shielding of criminals in Asin-Fosu

The Central Regional Police Command has set up a five-member Committee to investigate some police personnel for alleged shielding and extortion of money from suspected criminals in the Assin-Fosu municipality.

The Committee members include Chief Superintendent, Reuben Asiwoko, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Ken Kuntogli, DSP, Robert Awompaga, Detective Chief Inspector, William Addy, and Detective Sergeant, Mawuli Nyamasekpor.

They have been given 14 days to investigate the allegations and appropriately submit their findings to the Regional Commander for the needed action to be taken.

The move was in response to a recent allegation by the Assin Youth Association (AYA), in a press release that went viral on social media on alleged misconducts by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Daniel Dartey, the Divisional Crime Officer and others.

AYA, also gave two alleged video evidence of a policeman in uniform negotiating for the crime with cybercrime suspects and eventually freed them after talking GH¢880.00 out of GH¢ 2000.00 amount charged the suspect.

But, briefing the Media in Assin-Fosu on Thursday, Commissioner of Police (COP), Paul Manly Awuni, the Regional Commander, said the Police Administration remained resolute in its quest to maintain law, orderliness, and discipline at all times.

Therefore, to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the Ghana Police Services, he charged the members of the Committee to discharge their duties with dedication and efficiency.

According to him, the allegations have dented the image, professionalism, integrity, and competence of all police personnel in the Division, hence the urgent need to investigate.

He indicated that the investigations were part of their internal arrangement to ensure rights of all were not infringed upon while sanctions are meted out in accordance with the laws.

COP Awini called for calm while reassuring that the police will not shield any officers found to have misconducted themselves to serve as a deterrent to others and urged all persons who have issues concerned any police officer in Assin-Foso to reach out to the Committee to enable them to deliver on their mandate.

By Isaac Asirifi

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