By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu has interdicted three police officers for their alleged involvement in an assault on some journalists working with Ghanaian Times Newspaper last Thursday near Kinbu Traffic in Accra.
In a statement on Wednesday and signed by Director-General of Public Affairs Department, Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, IGP Asante-Apeatu also gave one week ultimatum to the Accra Regional Crime Officer who he directed to take charge of the investigation of the case from Ministries Police Station and the Commander of the Central Motor Traffic Unit tasked with the responsibility of investigating the motor traffic accident of the case.
The interdiction of the three, Inspector Isaac Opare of the Ministries Division, Accra, Sergeant Ebenezer Akrofi of the Accra Regional Police Headquarters and Lance Corporal Evans Kofi Ntim of Police Visibility, Accra, followed several calls from different sectors of the Ghanaian public including the umbrella body of journalists, the Ghana Journalists Association for swift investigations into the matter to punish the perpetrators.
The attack on the journalists – Malik Sullemana, Raissa Sambou and Salifu Abdul Rahman followed a traffic offence and an accident involving alleged unregistered motorcycle of the police officer and a vehicle belonging to Ghanaian Times.
In a scuffle that ensued when the journalists tried to video the incident, a number of officers including the three interdicted, descended on the journalists to the extent that one of them, a nursing mother collapsed and was rushed to the Ridge Hospital in Accra for treatment while another suffered punches in his face causing blood to gush out from his nostrils.
The IGP further charged the Police Professional and Standard Bureau (PPSB) “to look into the conduct of the police officers who were on duty at the Ministries Police Station when the incident was reported.”