A storekeeper of the Ghana Education Service (GES) is currently in trouble after he was nabbed allegedly shoplifting free uniforms meant for deprived school children.
The incident was reported on Saturday at Bolgatanga in the Upper East region.
Some residents who have closely been monitoring the movements of the storekeeper pounced on him when he was attempting to transport the uniforms to the market to sell.
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A report by Starr FM suggests the storekeeper brought a motor tricycle rider to the premises of the Upper East Regional Education Directorate to transport the stolen uniforms.
Unluckily for him, some youth in the town confronted him and upon searching the vehicle found a hundred packs of uniforms meant for deprived children.
“We were here to work on our vehicles. And we saw him packing these things (school uniforms) from the regional education stores into this tricycle. We apparently had information from some nearby people that he has been doing this and they are sets of uniforms,” an eyewitness who gave his name as Urban Akagwire narrated.
“He sends them to the market to go and sell. We [intercepted] the vehicle and truly we saw that there was a sack of uniforms, hundred packs. And when we stopped them, they didn’t even want to stop. We had to force them to stop. And when we asked where the [items] were going to during this weekend— a weekend generally not a time when you do official distribution of commodities— he said that he was sending them to Mr. Duncan, the Director for Pusiga, Ghana Education Service.”
Explaining himself, the storekeeper said the Pusiga District Director of Education, Duncan Nsoh, asked him to bring the uniforms for distribution to some pupils.
However, upon arrival, the District Director of Education denied having any knowledge of the storekeeper’s actions.
The youth then put a call to the Police to come and arrest the storekeeper, who was left speechless after being exposed.
This comes after a similar case was recorded at the at the Bolgatanga Nurses’ Training College some six years ago.
In 2012, a taxi driver was caught loading bags of rice, sacks of maize and kegs of cooking oil meant for students from the school’s food store into his boot on a weekend night.
Upon interrogation, he pointed to the school’s matron as the one who directed him to take them to a mill.
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