….. IGP Chased Out Over Kumasi Executions, Armed Cop Beats Nursing Mother, 14 Cops Indicted For Sexual Misconduct, Bullion Van Driver Killed …….
Never in the recent history of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), has the institution fallen out of favour with many Ghanaians, found wanting, looking dejected and widely condemned like the week that just passed.
The Service came under heavy condemnation for various misconducts after its men went on rampage on separate occasions and visibly seen abusing state power vested in them.
First, was the suspected execution of seven men on Tuesday in Kumasi by officers, who claimed they were a gang of eight armed robbery suspects who earlier killed one Lance Corporal Tieku, who was travelling from Ayirebikrom to Manso Nkwanta.
Police personnel, have the tendency of reprisal attacks and killings anytime an officer is killed. But this time, relatives, the youth, as well as the elderly in the Zongo community rejected the Ashanti Regional Police Command’s story that those killed were armed robbers.
The community members, disclosed that the seven were rather known supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the region, and that they were very responsible adult members of the community, who were well known to them.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu ,together with Zongo Minister, Boniface Saddique and the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, organized themselves to visit the community for peace talks, but the youth will not have the IGP in their community, and they rioted forcing the police boss to bolt away embarrassingly.
The IGP was in a meeting with the Zongo and Interior Ministers, when the youth stormed the meeting grounds chanting war songs and destroying anything on sight.
The angry youth blocked roads with burnt tires and cement blocks, making it difficult for residents to access the area. A GhOne television cameraman, was nearly lynched.
While the police hierarchy was trying to extricate itself from the bad news, a well built junior officer, L/Cpl Frederick Amanor Skalla, converted his duty post; the Shiashi branch of Midland Savings and Loans Company in Accra into boxing arena, exerting all his manly strength on a poor 36-year-old nursing mother.
The aggressive cop, who was wielding two guns, AK 47 and a pistol, with ZTE GOTA phones, several times punched the lady in the face, slapped and kicked her many times.
The woman, whose ordeal went viral on social media, had gone to the company to withdraw her only capital, GH¢270, she had deposited there.
Ahead of the assault, she had visited the Loan Centre many times last week, to withdraw her money, but to no avail.
With the weekend approaching, Madam Osafo, a toffee seller at the Spanner Junction last Thursday, arrived at the company very early in the morning, insisting she wasn’t going to leave unless she is paid.
She stayed till when the company was about to close, she was advised to leave, but she refused, and this infuriated the Police officer, who began assaulting her, while she held on to her two and half months’ grandchild.
At a point in the video, a man who appeared to be the only one trying to separate the two, decided to take the baby from the woman on the instruction from the Midland staff, who sat in their cubicles watching. She was, however, given the money after the merciless beating.
The following day, the video was leaked on social media, and people were outraged. They demanded justice for the woman and the grandchild.
The IGP, immediately ordered his arrest and detention for further investigations, and possible prosecution.
The Director General of Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu, told Joy Fm the police administration was outraged by the “highest level of unprofessional conduct by the police.”
According to him, having watched the incident, the IGP, instructed that the officer in the video be identified, arrested and prosecuted.
“This is not how police officers have been trained,” ACP Eklu said, adding that the severest punishment and criminal prosecution would be meted out to him.
That same day, the Service interdicted with immediate effect 14 out of the 46 officers, who were repatriated from South Sudan for alleged sexual misconduct in February.
A police communiqué ordered for the residences of the officers to be searched to retrieve all items given to them by the Service, including weapons, uniforms and other paraphernalia.
The 14 interdicted police officers are, Desupol/ Henry Ntikura Agyemang, Sgt Richard Boahen Amponsah, CPL. Degraft Osei Nyantakyi, CPL. K. Dodzi Homey and CPL. Kennedy Agyei.
Others are; CPL. Imoro Dandzumah, CPL. Isaac Frimpong, L/CPL Bismark Eyram Dunyo, L/CPL Douglas Ofori, L/CPL David AsinyoL, CPL Ibrahim Issaku Musah and L.CPL Kingsley Etse Lotsu.
The police unit working with the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, was recalled from Juba in February this year, as allegations of sexual abuse against them were kick-started.
This was after investigations were launched into a complaint that members of the unit, were having sexual relations with women living at one of its protection camps.
In a statement signed by the UNMISS head David Shearer, the 46 police personnel, received information which “indicates that some members of the FPU (Formed Police Unit) allegedly engaged in transactional sex.”
They were reported to have slept with the women living in one of the protection camps and giving them gifts or favours in return.
Commenting on the matter, ACP Eklu, revealed that based on an agreement between Ghana and the UN, if the personnel are found culpable, they will be repatriated from the mission and will also not have the opportunity to participate in any future peacekeeping missions.
“When they come back, they are also likely to face internal disciplinary procedures for putting the image of the Police Service into disrepute,” he told Joy News.
As if the aforementioned issues were not enough, on Saturday July 21, 2018, another officer guarding a bullion van, mistakenly shot and killed the driver at Odumase Krobo.
He was escorting the driver from Koforidua to Akosombo, when the unfortunate spectacle occurred.
Details were sketchy, but The Herald gathered that, the bullion van ran into a rowdy funeral procession and so in his attempts to restore order to pave way for the van, he fired warning shots, killing the driver in the process.