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E/R: Drivers Accuse Police Of Extortion In Koforidua

Some drivers are accusing the police of demanding an amount of GHC2.00 from them anytime they (police) are on the road for their normal checks on vehicles.

June 21, 2018

For some time now, it’s been very difficult to get a car in the early hours of the day to work in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua since policemen come as early as 5am extorting monies from drivers.

Some drivers are accusing the police of demanding an amount of GHC2.00 from them anytime they (police) are on the road for their normal checks on vehicles.

Explaining their ordeal to Brytfmonline.com some drivers and passengers have shared their worry and anger on policemen who disturb them every morning demanding for money even without going against road traffic regulations.

The aggrieved drivers also alleged the police usually delay those who fail to give them the said amount which seems to be the norm.

Aside that, some drivers have to change their route anytime they (drivers) see policemen on the road making it difficult for workers and students who patronises their services.

A section of the public has also accused the Police hierarchy of being aware of the actions of their men on the road but has refused to deal with it accordingly.

However, some drivers also raised concerns on the challenges one has to endure in acquiring a license which has prevented most of them to secure one.

They are, however, appealing to the government to and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to ensure acquisition of license is made moderate to do away with challenges that come with it.

Extortion allegations against the police has been a trending issue in the country as most road users across the country have periodically accused them of engaging in such acts but the police administration has occasionally denied them.

Successive survey by civil society groups have also confirmed the police administration to be corrupt which seems to be a matter of concern that needs to be addressed.

Police on the Koforidua-Tafo and Koforidua-Nkurakan barrier in the Eastern region have also been fingered for extortion thereby failing to conduct their duties in the right manner.

Source: Ashong- Nuga Ethel

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