Suspension of Motor-checks Police launches investigation into leaked memo

Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson said the confidential memo was not meant for the public at a press briefing in Accra.

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The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service has commenced investigations into the leakage of a confidential memo on the suspension of motor-checks to the media.

Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson said the confidential memo was not meant for the public at a press briefing in Accra.

He said: "In fact the directive or signal that was sent out was not meant for the general public. But unfortunately we do not know how some of our own [friends] from the media have this and it was published and it has become a problem for us.

"It was a directive for our own personnel so that they can manage the system well. And the police administration has already taken a decision. We have assigned our CID director general to do due diligent, check up with the mobile and the other media houses, social media and find out which social media published that paper or the signal first.

"And we will check the source or whoever gave that information to the social media and when we get the culprit, the police [will take] disciplinary action against the person."

The leaked memo directed that “all motor checks in the country are to be suspended with immediate effect.”

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The memo, however, did not contain any reason for the directive but rather requested that “MTTD personnel are to be used only for traffic management duties.”

The Police Wireless Message which was meant for the top hierarchy of the service also indicated that the Highway Patrol Units are to check for other things but not vehicle documents and driver’s license.

“The highway patrol units are only to check for arms/ammunition and drugs. No vehicle documents and drivers licenses are to be inspected by the highway patrol.”

“Regional /Divisional /District and Unit Commanders are to ensure that no permits are issued for motor check duties,” the memo added.

--Not politically motivated--

Mr Ninson said the directive is not politically motivated after some commercial drivers kicked against the directive.

“How will this increase the chances of government? It is too unfortunate to just put political spin on this; that we, (police) excuse me to say, cannot reason. We have reasonable people, we have lawyers,  we have engineers. …It is not political,” he stated on Accra-based Class FM.

Clarifying the reason behind the directive, COP Ninson said the “police have realised that unnecessary focus is placed on inspection of vehicle papers and drivers’ licences to the detriment of other areas of traffic management. Traffic management is about ensuring that the roads are free for motorists to use.

 … That is why we are saying that once the focus has only been on one side, suspend that side and let’s see what we can do about others, especially these accidents happening or cars breaking down …

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