General News Mon, 31 Mar 2008

Four policemen taken hostage

Ho, March 31, GNA- Four policemen who were detailed to arrest a suspect at Awusakope near Sogakope were attacked by a mob, taken hostage and one AK 47 riffle they had on them taken away.

Kofi Agbenyo, the suspect they were to arrest, was alleged to have stolen a tarpaulin belonging to Rolaida Construction Limited. Mr Joy Afagbedzi, Volta Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told Ghana News Agency that Agbenyo, an employee of the company, was in-charge of the tarpaulins but he and other were redeployed. Mr Afagbedzi said when the theft was detected, the authorities of the company reported the case to the police who dispatched the four personnel to arrest Agbenyo but they were assaulted and taken hostage. He said police reinforcement that was sent to the village rescued the four officers and retrieved the riffle.

Mr Afagbedzi said no arrest had been made but investigations were going on to apprehend those who committed the crime.

Source: GNA