22 police recruits sacked for presenting ‘fake’ certificates
A total of twenty-two police recruits undergoing training at the Pwalugu Police Training School in the Upper East Region have been sacked.
The twenty-two recruits made up of fourteen women and eight men, were sacked for allegedly presenting fake admission letters and certificates for admission to the school.
Speaking to Citi News, the Commander of the Training School, ACP Victor Adusei Poku, explained that, the sacked recruits who had spent three months in the school were being investigated together with their colleagues by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to ascertain the genuineness of their certificates used for the admission.
He added that, “WAEC confirmed as fake and doctored the certificates” used by the affected recruits for their admission hence their dismissal.
“About twenty-two of police recruits were withdrawn because some of their admission letters they brought to the school, after vetting them on WAEC website, we realized that, they had their own names with their own certificates, but they took other people’s admission letters. And others too doctored their grades to meet our standard requirements so they were exposed by WAEC representatives and so we have dismissed them,” he added.
ACP Victor Adusei Poku noted that, they realized that the indicted recruits were almost halfway in completing the training, “we withdrew them from active participation of the six months training” adding that “we have also profiled them and taken their statements and given them self-recognizance bail.”
“Their offences are misdemeanor so we have written to the Attorney General office for the necessary advice,” ACP Poku added.
He further advised the public especially those seeking to be enlisted into the service, to use genuine certificates for the process or else when caught they will face the full rigors of the law.
“It appears to me that, these are people who knew that they do not qualify by our standard, yet they find any means to join the service. Sometimes they pay huge sums of money for people to get them into the service only to be swindled. That fact that one is unemployed doesn’t mean that, the small money you have, you must use it to buy your way into the service, in the end you will be exposed and if not lucky you could be prosecuted,” the Police commander explained.
By: Frederick Awuni/citifmonline.com/Ghana