May 29, 2024 9:38 pm

Captain Smart pleads Dampare to reignite probe into Central Medical Stores fire

Blessed Godsbrain Smart, host of Onua TV/FM’s morning show ‘Maakye’, is pleading with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akufo Dampare, to relook into the Central Medical Stores (CMS) fire. 

He says the incident that has been described by two separate investigations as an arson must put some people behind bars to retribute the state.

According to Captain Smart, as he is known in the media, one Francis Dogbey, was named by the two investigations as the arsonist but the police claim they couldn’t locate him whilst the Attorney General said there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

Meanwhile, the broadcaster averred Mr. Dogbey was residing at Dansoman SSNIT flats and located him selling in traffic recently.

“The police said they didn’t know his whereabouts but he was at Dansoman SSNIT flats. Just last week I saw him selling in traffic on the Kasoa – Accra highway. It was said that Dogbey be arrested per all investigations but AG said they didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute him,” he alleged Tuesday, October 26, 2021 keenly observed by Ghanasonline.com.

The circumstances surrounding the burning of the CMS per Mr. Smart’s assertion is fishy and needs not be left unattended to.

“…Madam Marrietta Brew Appiah Oppong was Attorney General then. She did an investigation and the National Security also did some and they both pointed out that the place was deliberately burnt”

What is mind boggling according to Captain Smart is that, “Francis Dogbey said he swept and gathered the garbage in front of the stores to burn it. Not even the main gate but right in front of the stores. And when the place started burning, he said he couldn’t make a call after 45 minutes. The Fire Service car that was going to quench the flames was blocked by an articulator and by the time it had its way, everything was messy”

Then Health Minister, Hanny Sherry Ayittey, according to Captain Smart ordered for an audit into a $14.3million malaria drug that was imported. After the delay of the report, she visited the stores herself and disclosed the drugs had expired 6 months earlier.

After launching investigations into the expired drugs, the place got burnt and Mrs. Ayittey was subsequently replaced by Alex Segbefia as Health Minister.

The fire, which razed the GH¢200 million Central Medical Stores in Tema to the ground in January 2014, was deliberately started by unidentified individual(s), Accra-based Citi FM reported, citing the report of an investigation launched in 2015 to determine the cause of the fire.

The CMS was storage facility where Ghana’s medical equipment and drugs were stored for onward distribution to health facilities across the country.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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