‘Trotro’ driver bribes police officer

By  Nathaniel Y. Yankson

A police officer being bribed with GH¢1 on the Weija road (left), A senior police officer packing some alcoholic beverages as evidence at the Circle-Kaneshie station (right)

A commercial mini bus (trotro) driver, Stephen Abbey, attempted to bribe a police officer from the Greater Accra Regional Police Command last Friday, with an amount of GH¢1.

He was immediately charged for attempting to induce a police officer with false intent.

When The Chronicle asked Abbey why he put money in his driver’s license to be given to the officer, he claimed he did not know it was in there, and added that he was supposed to use it to buy something on his way.

This incident occurred on the Weija road, where the Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Rose Bio Atinga, and her deputy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Christian Yohuno, led a team of young officers to carry out their usual road safety campaign, as part of measures to curb road accidents during the Christmas season.

The team stopped a number of vehicles, including private cars, on the road, and checked their brake and lighting systems, windscreens, tyres and drivers’ licenses among others.

Other drivers were also cautioned over various road offences, while those with major offences were processed for court.

The team also took time to close down some unauthorised drinking spots at the Tudu-Aflao and the Circle-Kaneshie lorry stations. Assorted alcoholic beverages were seized as exhibits, and the owners invited by the police for questioning.

Again, a jackpot centre at the Tudu-Aflao station was shut down for operating without a license.

While at the Circle-Kaneshie station, DCOP Atinga advised drivers to avoid overspeeding in sharp curves, and advised them to cultivate a maintenance culture.

She also urged them to collaborate with the police to flush out rickety vehicles on the roads.

In response, the Vice Chairman at the lorry station, Issah Mohammed, thanked the police and asked for God’s protection for them in their daily endeavours.

He said they would hold an emergency meeting in that regard, and whoever flouted laid down regulations, would be dealt with.

He gave the assurance that by the end of this month, rickety vehicles would be ushered out of the station.

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