An attempt to shield one of their own after a social media storm over a viral video of a man boldly brandishing a pistol, while physically assaulting another motorist, has blown up in the face of the Ghana Police Service.
The Ghana Police Service on their official Facebook page, refused to mention the name of the man using phrases such as “perceived gunman arrested”, “the person involved” and stayed away from mentioning his name among other details, although it was clear he was known, had been arrested after the video in which he was physically assaulting the motorist while brandishing a pistol went viral.
The police simply wrote “perceived gunman arrested. Reference the above, the person involved in attacking the motorist, has been arrested and the weapon retrieved. Full details will follow soon”.
But a leaked police situation report which emerged later, has since revealed his identity to be General Sargent George Kpordzo, a dispatch rider of Regional MTTD, Cape Coast in the Central Region.
The leaked report, had Sargent Kpordzo, rather lying to the police that he was rather the assault victim.
This was after he had rushed to Kasoa Division CID, and lodged a complaint that he was driving his Toyota Corolla No GW 2959 -13 from Winneba towards Accra, when he was assaulted, totally at variance with what was captured in the video.
Interestingly, Sargent Kpordzo, who was seen in the video with a long chewing stick in his mouth, has since been issued with a medical form to go to the hospital, obviously to hold himself as the victim. He appears to have inflicted a wound on himself to hoodwink everyone into believing he was rather assaulted.
The amateur video that had been making rounds on social media ahead of the police statement, shows the two men on the shoulders of a road that is believed to be the Accra-Cape Coast Road.
Unsure what led to the two getting into such a confrontation, the tall lankier-looking Sargent Kpordzo, wielding his gun in his right hand, more than once gets clean slaps to the face of the other man.
With two cars parked just around them, the two continue to engage in an argument, even as the other man makes intermittent attempts to walk away from the one brandishing the gun.
His attempts fail every time, because the one with the gun walks right back on him, using the least opportunity to hit him in the face with his left hand.
Another man (a third person) wearing a black and yellow basketball tan top joins in, attempting to separate them, but without fail.
At the next opportunity, the man who was on the receiving side of all the abuse, rushes to his car and quickly prepares to drive away, but is again chased down by the man wielding the gun.
With no access to the man now because he is in his car, the man with the gun turns his anger to the car, smashing the side mirrors and the windshields of the car before the car finally makes its way onto the road and the driver sped off.
In a post shared by a Facebook user called Bonifacio Edem Anthony, who claims to be a cousin of the man who was assaulted, he explained that it was an issue of the latter trying to bring to attention the careless driving of the gun-wielding man.
“This just happened some few hours ago, you driving carelessly and dangerously and my cousin went to tell you to be a little careful because you have a gun you started hitting him, you fink my cousin is scared of guns… Hmmm I thank God for my cousin’s life,” the caption read.
Social media users are calling on the Ghana Police Service to identify the man publicly brandishing a gun and also for causing fear and panic among motorists.
The pistol appears to be a police pistol issued him.
Below is the police situation report
ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER.
On 01/04/202 about 16: 50 hours No. 41457 G/Sgt GEORGE KPORDZO, a dispatch rider of Regional MTTD, Cape Coast with a mark of assault at his back came to Div Cid Kasoa and reported that today he was driving his Toyota Corolla No GW 2959 -13 from Winneba direction towards Accra.
That about 14:30 hours on reaching a section of the road at Fetteh Kakraba opposite Pacific filling station near Budumburam a certain man driving Ford saloon car with DV plate No. 2359G suddenly crossed his car and Accused him for careless driving.
That during confrontations. The driver whose name was mentioned as Andy made a call which attracted some men to the scene where one of them holding Cutlass assaulted him, Complainant who was in mufti said he pulled a pistol which scared his assailants and he managed to escape from the scene.
Medical form had since been issued to him to attend hospital for treatment and report. Efforts are in progress to arrest suspects to assist in the investigations. You will be informed of any other development please D/Cpl Daniel Jehoshaphat i/case.