PIPS charged to reinvestigate, compensate victim of car theft

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By Lorlornyofm May 1, 2018 06:24

PIPS charged to reinvestigate, compensate victim of car theft

A security analyst says the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Department (PIPS) must reinvestigate a case in which an officer was allowed to use a robbery victim’s car.

Adam Bonna said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) must intervene for justice to be served and ensure the victim is duly compensated.

The analyst who expressed surprise at the incident said 21st century policing should be better than the regressive manner is being run.

“From the narrative, the actual incident has not been given any hearing…and so I would want to interrogate the case a bit further,” he told Joy News’ Emefa Apawu on Newsnight, Monday.

His comments follow a report that a 32-year-old banker who was nearly killed two years ago by car snatchers found a police officer using the car he lost to the robbers.

Samuel Forson was attacked by four armed men who took his car with a laptop and other personal belongings in December 2015.

“They looked into the car and then I was asked to come down and open the boot. As soon as I got down from the car, they hit me, I fell and they started pushing me…suddenly I heard one of them saying don’t kill him, don’t kill him. Then after they pushed me into the sea. How I came out is only a miracle,” Mr Forson recounted.

He spent two weeks in the hospital and another three months at home before he resumed work.

Adam Bonna, CEO of Security Warehouse Limited

Related: Man loses his car to robbers, finds police using it after 2 years

Mr Forson’s attackers were not arrested and his car and other belongings were not found until January this year when he saw a police officer driving the car.

According to him, one Sergeant Philip Amoako of Tema Community 8 Police, who was found driving the car started harassing him to refund the money he had spent to repair and maintain the car.

He eventually petitioned the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Department (PIPS) in February this year over the matter.

Joy News has been given details of the report from PIPS which says the car was abandoned and was later found by the police. Sergeant Amoako had the blessing of his superiors to use the car to convey suspects between Community One and Community 8 police stations.

But the CEO of Security Warehouse Limited says the police would have done their job if they had followed up and arrested the alleged robbers.

“Regarding PIPS probably the report given by Manasseh is not the complete story…it would be interesting to know what their recommendations are,” he said.

According to him, the District Commander who allowed the Sergeant to drive the vehicle is at fault because the car in question is an exhibit.

He said unless the police want to use it as a bait to arrest a culprit, only a court can give a warrant for the car to be used.

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com |Abubakar Ibrahim

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