The Tamale Metropolitan Police Commander, Supt Iddrisu Tanko Issifu has explained in details, the meaning of “interdiction” in the security parlance, adding that it is not a punishment.
The Supt. give the explanation when he was speaking to the media after an event at the Lamashegu Chief palace following the recent assault by some police officers over power theft, widely known as “illegal connection” in Zujung, Nakpanzuo, and Lamashegu, which are suburbs of Tamale.
According to him, this is process that is carried out to determine whether an offense of an interdicted officer deserves punishment or not.
“Interdiction is a process of investigation. When you are interdicted, you are no longer going to wear your uniform. You are no longer going to enjoy your salary within that period of interdiction. So it is not supposed to be a punishment. But a process of investigation. The reason why you are taken out of the system is for you not to interfere in the activity of the investigations”, he said.
“Because by wearing the uniform, they have another opportunity to be able to cover up the crimes that they have committed (and with the interdiction, they will not be able to do that again). And that will allow the facts to be laid bare for anybody to see. But interdiction in itself is not a punishment”, he added.
He also used the opportunity to reassure the residents of Tamale that the investigations will be carried out accordingly as directed by the IGP, and noone will be shielded, if found culpable.
“However, the IGP added that, the full scale investigation will be carried out. And they will be tried because it is democratic dispensation. Now they will put their action against the law, when they are found culpable. In some instances they will be reduced in rank. In some instances, their salary will be reduced. There so many variety of punishment. Depending on the magnitude of the offense that is established by the investigations and subsequent trial”, Supt. Tanko noted.
Answering a question by ghdominancenews.com if someone has been reduced in rank before after interdiction, the police commander said, “So many. Countless times. You are the media, you can even count. Sometimes, they published these things, and you see it. People have been reduced in ranks. So many people have been dismissed.”
Some residents of the Tamale metropolis two (2) days ago were seen in a viral video on various social platforms been assaulted by police personnel for illegal connections in three (3) communities.
In the video, Staff of NEDCo were seen giving directive to the police officers who accompanied them to arrest customers who are said to have been identified for illegal electricity connection.
The incident have been widely condemned by the general public with some residents who witnessed the torture threatening to react, describing the police conduct as an unfortunate and barbaric.
The Inspector-General of Police,George Akuffo Dampare, has since last night interdicted the said police officers pending investigations.