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IGP bans police roadside ‘stop and check’ until further notice

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) James Oppong Boanuh has ordered the police to suspend all stopping and checking of vehicles in a bid to stop the potential spread the Covid-19. This is according to a Police internal Memo sighted by MyNewsGh.com.

This follows news that more than 289 New York Police Department (NYPD) personnel have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 and spread it to more than 2000 more civilians.

The IGP’s order is believed to have been necessitated by an incident in which a driver who was stopped by the police on the roadside, insisted the police officer sanitized her hands before he would hand over his license for inspection.

The incident which was caught on camera showed the police
officer with a straight face as she repeatedly ordered the driver to present
his license. “Please can I inspect your license?” she asked.

The driver, who is heard saying he is a staff of the Komfo
Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) gently told the officer that he has the driving
license but will only heed to the order on condition she sanitized her hands. “Kindly
sanitize your hands before I give my license to you,” he said.

On the back of these developments, the IGP has therefore
ordered his men to pause the checking of car documents. According to the IGP, the
suspension according to the police document from the Ghana Police Service will
remain in force until further notice.

The IGP advised personnel of the Ghana Police Service in
charge of motor traffic to observe personal hygiene measures to protect
themselves by keeping disinfectants and sanitizing regularly.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen
Zoure 2020