- The Paramount Chief of Elmina, Nana Kodwo Conduah VI, has justified and rationalised why the police collect bribes from the public
- He further admonished Ghanaians to desist from negatively tagging the Ghana Police Service as corrupt and bullies
Paramount Chief of Elmina, Nana Kodwo Conduah VI, has admonished Ghanaians to desist from describing police officers as bribe-takers.
The chief believes policemen and women are doing very well in their line of duty and deserve to be commended.
Speaking at a durbar during the 2019 Bakatue festival, he said police officers do not take bribes, but rather receive “funeral donations”.
According to him, it is in bad taste to denigrate the image of the Ghana Police Service using negative tags on officers.
“Police officers do not take bribes….no police officer receives bribe but rather they receive funeral donations because of their black uniform which signifies they are mourning,” he said, sparking laughter among the crowd.
The Bakatue festival was marked in Elmina in the Central Region, amidst a colourful display of culture and tradition.
The Paramount Chief of Elmina led other chiefs to ride in palanquins around the town as part of the festivities.
The chiefs offered the sacred festival food of eggs and mashed yam mixed with palm oil to Nana Brenya, (the river god).
They went on to pray for peace, abundant fish catch and farm produce for all the people of Elmina.
This was followed by casting of the Omanhene's net which was done thrice to get a catch to signify a bumper harvest and the subsequent firing of muskets to declare an end to the ban on fishing, drumming, funerals and other social activities in the town.
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