General News of Sat, 21 Jul 2018157
Punish 'erring policeman' who brutalised woman – Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the conduct of the policeman who assaulted a woman at a branch of Midland Savings and Loans in Accra adding he supports any punitive measures by Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, against the culprit.
The victim, Patience Safo, was ruthlessly assaulted by Frederick Amanor also known as Skalla, while holding a baby.
She had insisted on withdrawing a sum of GHS270 from the facility as her previous attempts to withdraw the money days back had failed due to a network challenge.
The officer who was servicing as a security at the financial institution was called to escort her out but ended up beating her in the process.
Commenting on the development on Saturday, 21 July 2018, Mr Akufo-Addo said : “Yesterday, we had some very bad news in Accra – police beating up a woman who had gone to get money at the Midland Loans and Savings Company. I want to say here: policemen are meant to protect citizens and not to assault citizens.”
“The measures that the IGP has taken to sanction the erring policeman and to make sure these don’t happen again, have my complete support. I support 100 percent the measures he has taken so that we can stop these incidents from proliferating,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo made the remark at Nalerigu at the palace of the Overlord of Mamprugu, during his tour of the northern part of the country.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has disclosed that No. 50260 Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor, has been interdicted and being processed for court.
A statement by the police on Saturday, 21 July 2018, said “the uniform and all other police accoutrements” have been taken away from the police officer in question “pending internal disciplinary proceedings”.
In a post on their Facebook Wall, the police further assured that all those found culpable in the case will be punished as investigations “commence into the conduct of officials of the Midland Savings and Loans Limited” where the incident occurred.
The development has attracted widespread condemnation by the public with several comments indicating that the police officer and the bank should be sanctioned.