The Divisional Commander of the Kaneshie Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent of Police, Elvis Sadongo, has urged the public to cause the arrest of any commercial driver who uses minors as their mates.
According to him, children of certain age could be exposed to hazardous works, hence minors must be excluded.
He, therefore, encouraged the public to report such drivers for the minors to be rescued when he was speaking during the 2019 Ghana non-governmental organisation Forum held in Accra.
‘Preventing child neglect: whose responsibility,’ was the theme.
forum tackled the roles of the family, law enforcing agencies and the
traditional authorities to ensure good enough parenting.
Superintendent Sadongo, who was responding to questions, asked police officers to handle child offenders with tact and be sensitive to their issues.
He said parents could be held for neglect of their children if the children were rescued and led police to their parents.
who were first-time offenders were usually diverted from the
traditional way of dealing with adult offenders and given informal
warning which would not go on record in order to protect their future.
He said instead of sending them to the correctional centres, symbolic restitution was used to settle cases involving first-time minor offenders.
Superintendent Sadongo advised that those defiled should secure evidence documented by a doctor before even going to the police, stating that they should report any police officer that sold the report form.