Amansan Television is reporting that some police cells under the Sogakope District Command of the Ghana Police Service in the Volta Region are shockingly rented out to inmates.
The report said suspects who find themselves in any of the cells pay at least GHC50 as what they termed as cell-user-fee for unspecified period as no official receipt is issued to confirm payment.
A victim, who declined to mention his name said, he was on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 arrested by the police in the area and compelled by the officers to pay the amount as cell-user-fee.
According to the victim, when he objected to the payment, the police forced him to empty all his pockets, and in the process they found, Gh¢10 which they (police) took from him as part payment for the space he was occupying in the police cell.
Some inmates who shared their ordeals with ATV in an interview said, “failure to pay the cell-user-fee will leave the police with no other option than to brutalise and harass you until you pay”.
When ATV contacted the station officer at Sogakope police station, Chief Inspector Frank Dzachie, for confirmation or otherwise of the allegations he denied everything.
But, his superior, the District Commander at the station, DSP Michael Zah, explained that the cell-user-fee was instituted to raise funds for the station so as to help in the day-to-day administration of the place.
Meanwhile, the Police Intelligence and Professionalism Standard Bureau (PIPS) has officially launched investigations into the matter.
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