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Auditor, 4 Others Arrested – For Taking Food Bribes

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Some of the items intercepted by the police

AN INTERNAL auditor of the
Ghana Education Service (GES) and four officials of the Peki Senior High School
in the South Dayi District, who were recently arrested in connection with an
alleged diversion of food items from the school to the auditor’s house, have
been granted bail after being detained.

The driver was arrested on Friday,
January 10, 2020, after the food items which he was asked to deliver in the
school’s pickup was intercepted.

The internal auditor and the
school’s bursar turned themselves in that same evening while the chief driver
and matron were arrested on Monday.

The five suspects have been
granted bail and are to be reporting to the Police to assist with
investigations.

Public Relations Officer of
the Volta Regional Police Command, Corporal Prince Dogbatse, who confirmed the
development, said the headmaster was yet to be interrogated as he was out of
town on the day of the incident. Be that as it may, he and the store keeper
have also been invited by the police.

He added that the case would
surely go to court after adequate evidence had been adduced from the
investigations.

The five suspects had been
detained over allegations that they, together with the school’s headmaster
filled the school’s Ford pickup truck with registration number, GR-9402-Z with
food items destined for the house of the auditor in Ho, the Regional capital.

The items which are estimated
to cost thousands of Ghana cedis and can feed about 200 students for a whole
week include, bags of rice, bags of maize, cartons of milk, cartons of tomato
paste, two 2.5 litre gallons of oil, school’s branded stationery among
others. 

The items were intercepted by
the Deputy Regional Minister, Johnson Avuletey together with some task force at
Sokode-Lokoe near Ho. They followed the driver to the house of the auditor at
Dome in Ho, reloaded the items onto the truck and handed it over to the police.

The deputy minister who said
he was acting on the information provided by informants said, the bust
confirmed rumours and complaints about diversion of resources meant for
students to placate private interests.

He therefore warned the school
heads in the region to desist from such acts because when they are caught, the
law will deal with them. He said, “It is a warning; this is just the beginning.
If they venture, they will regret. They are there to push the interest of the
government. All that Akufo-Addo is doing now, it is for the betterment of this country,
so I see no reason why a group of people will come together to sabotage the
president. I am giving them a warning; they should sit up otherwise this region
will be on fire.”

He also encouraged teachers and other staff of the various schools to continue to feed the authorities with information of persons sabotaging the system adding that they will be well protected and rewarded.

From Fred Duodu, Ho (k.duodu@yahoo.com)

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