Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aiah Edward Samadia in-charge of operations at the Eastern Police division Wednesday 23rd April told Awoko that, the recent ‘operation zero tolerance’ introduced by the Police force is not only targeting drivers and motorists in the country but also members of the police force who have no regard for the law and those people with anti-social behaviour in society.
This, he said is to ensure that Police officers also do what is expected of them. Speaking to this press at his Eastern Police Division office, ASP Aiah Edward Samadia revealed that since the operation started two weeks ago, they have charged to court a number of defaulters “including Police officers, and some of them fined”. ASP Samadia however declined to reveal the names of the police officers who have been charged to court and the statistics of motorists and drivers charged on traffic related offence since the start of “operation zero tolerance”.
“We have made some successes since we started the exercise in our area of operations…some amount of sanity has now been achieved on motorists. There is now free traffic flow because we ensure, Police officers are placed at strategic positions on a 24 hours basis” ASP Samadia said. Appreciating the efforts of the Judiciary ASP Samadia said “We are having 100% cooperation from them because of the fines imposed on accused persons by Magistrates and Judges”.
Speaking on the crime rate in his area of operation, ASP Samadia said they have embarked on regular raids on ghettos and cartels and that, under the administration of Local Unit Commander (LUC) Nepoh Senessie they have now made it a policy that whosoever is caught in a ghetto or cartel should be charged to court and there will be no compromise. However he cautioned “that does not mean we have been compromising before this time”.
He also acknowledged the fact that, drivers in the eastern part of the capital city are in the habit of not taking passengers to their final destination but said the police force is treating that issue with all the seriousness it deserves.
“It is an offence for drivers not to take passengers to their final destination and as a result we have charged a number of drivers to court for such offences, only that some drivers are lawless” Samadia said.