Ghana Police Motor-check suspension not politically motivated - Police

Ghana Police Command issued an internal memo signed by its Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson to halt motor-check on the country’s roads with immediate effect.

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The Ghana Police Service has dispelled news making rounds that its directive to suspend motor-check on the country’s roads is politically motivated.

Ghana Police Command issued an internal memo signed by its Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson to halt motor-check on the country’s roads with immediate effect.

“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.

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The Ghana Committed drivers Association (GCDA) has indicated that the directive by the police “a lame and desperate attempt by the Mahama-led government to bribe commercial drivers to vote for the NDC following years of implementing punishing policies against us”.

But speaking on Accra-based Class FM the Commissioner of Police, Ransford Moses Ninson noted that directive is not politically inclined as it has been suggested.

“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.

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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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