Following the alleged involvement of some police officers in taking bribes relating to the cultivation of marijuana by some farmers in the Yilo Krobo area, the Inspector-General of Police has constituted two special investigative teams to look into the matter.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Yilo Krobo, Andrews Sodah, alleged recently that some high ranking police officers connived with some farmers in the area to cultivate Indian hemp.
Mr. Sodah is also reported to have alleged that former Eastern Regional Police Commander and the Municipal Police Commander of New Juaben, failed to prosecute farmers arrested for cultivating the narcotic herbs.
He further alleged that some police officers had refused to arrest Indian hemp farmers during special operations because the officers received bribes from them. The two teams begin their work today.
One investigative team, led by the Criminal Investigations Department, will examine the criminal aspect of the issue: whether the cultivation of Indian hemp exists in the area, and also find out what the local police have been doing to stem the incidence.
The other team, under the aegis of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau, will look at the conduct and the operational performance of the police in their area of jurisdiction with regard to the performance of their duties.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwasi Ofori, the Public Affairs Director of the Police Service, disclosing this to the Times in Accra yesterday, said: “the IGP considers the allegation a serious one coming from no less a person than the DCE of Yilo Krobo.
“The intelligence team will definitely cooperate with the DCE, who made the allegation and any other person who may have information regarding the said allegation,”
DSP Ofori said stressing that, “the police welcomes investigation into this matter.
We will do it in an impartial and professional manner by getting to the bottom of the matter.”
While welcoming all manner of information that might come to its notice, DSP Ofori expressed the hope, however, that the issue relating to illicit drugs would be channelled through the appropriate agencies to enable such matters to be dealt with by roping in all those involved.
That, he said, would be appropriate than making the whole issue a media story before seeking intervention from appropriate agencies.
Commenting further on the alleged complicity of the police officers mentioned, DSP Ofori stated that “since the DCE mentioned them, it is an elementary step to interview them regarding the said allegation…and we also expect that the DCE will cooperate with the police in terms of providing evidence together with other witnesses.”
He emphasised that the police had been at the forefront of the battle against illicit drugs and would not fail the country.
“The police will cooperate with all the District Security Councils throughout the country and all other security networks to ensure that the drug menace is dealt with,” DSP Ofori assured.