The plight of two women who were victims of Armed Robbery attacks at two different places and upon the arrest of the suspects, the women victims were made to feed the suspects in police cell three times a day has exposed the system run within the Ghana police administration contrary to its PR.
Contrary to recent claims of the police about the feeding of suspects in their custody at the cells, the victims of the Armed Robbery narrated how Kwabenya and Ministries Police Stations Commanders made them feed the armed robbery suspects thrice a day – morning, afternoon and evening.
Several persons have since come forward to expose this system the police administration is running. It is unclear whether it is police station commanders who have instituted the system or it is a part of the police order of things.
In the case of one robbery suspect who was kept at the Ministries Police Station, the victim whose phone was snatched by robber was forced to feed him thrice daily when he was police cells custody although the victim could only afford to feed him twice.
As proof the system is not an isolated one, at Kwabenya Police Station, an older woman who was robbed and managed to get the suspect arrested was also told to feed the arrested suspects three times a day. She religiously fed her attacker at the police station for one week, three times a day.
These revelations of the police administration’s modus operandi was exposed after the Tema Regional Police Command claimed #FixTheCountry convener, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, cannot donate food to suspects locked up at the Ashaiman Police Station as it is the duty of government to feed them.
Point Seven of a Police statement said it is not the duty of civilians to feed inmates in cells.
Reacting to this, confirmed-real Twitter users shared real experiences with the police administration:
“On Point 7 is strange to me. I got someone arrested, dude snatched my phone and was arrested. Ministries Police Station requested I feed him for the 3 days that he was in Police custody.” Sena wrote.
“Yeap! 2x a day was what I could afford. I remember one of the Police Officers asked me to leave the money if I can’t come because it was a weekend. Smh” She added when queried for more information.
“Oh it’s the practice of the police stations. When you send a suspect they will tell you the complainant to feed them whilst they are in cells. Someone is lying lying pants on fire.” Another user added.
“Yup, Kwabenya Police Station, someone robbed my mom’s house. He was arrested, they asked us to feed him. That’s how my mom was going to the Station 3 times daily for a week” a second lady narrated her own mother’s experience in a different police station.
On Sunday, the #FixTheCountry Movement were at the Ashaiman police station to donate food items and toiletries to inmates. The police turned them away with some reasons including that feeding inmates is the work of government.
But according to Mr Barker-Vormawor, he was denied access by the Police, due to an ‘order from above’.