IG urges police chiefs to take suspects to court on time

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Inspector General of police Ephraim Mateyo has directed all Police commanding officers in all divisions to ensure that suspects were taken to court quickly.

ZANIS reports that Mr Mateyo said there has been complaints of suspects not going to court on grounds that there was no transport when Government had procured a lot of vehicles for the Police Service.

He said his office will no longer entertain excuses that there was no transport to ferry suspects to court because the police had adequate transport saying justice denied was justice delayed.

The IG said this in Kitwe yesterday during the Copperbelt Police Officers annual Ball held at Jubilee lodge.

And Mr Mateyo has called on traffic police officers who are fond of impounding mini buses to immediately stop the trend of impounding passengers as it results in delaying innocent travellers.

The IG noted that there was need for commanding officers through their divisions traffic officers to educate their officers to stop the trend of inconveniencing passengers when impounding buses.

He said police officers must take note of the number plate and fleet number of the impounded mini bus and advise the driver to report to the police station after dropping the passengers at respective destinations.

He noted that according to the Zambian law, seven days notice must be given to the driver in which to pay a contravention fee failure to which the culprit can be taken to court for prosecution.

And speaking at the same function copperbelt Permanent Secretary Jennifer Musonda called on the police to double their efforts in curbing defilement cases.

Ms Musonda said despite Government introducing deterrent measures of long sentences for those found guilty of defilement to reverse the situation the trend has continued.

He said there was need for police officers to continue working hard to protect innocent girls who were being defiled.

She also cautioned police officers against conniving with criminals to pertuate criminal activities.

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