Ayawaso violence: My men acted unprofessionally – SWAT Commander
The Commander of the National Security SWAT team, DSP Samuel Azugu has admitted that his officers acted unprofessionally in their handling of some citizens during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
Testifying before the Justice Emile Short commission, DSP Azugu said the officers under him did not properly conduct themselves in handling the opposition they faced from some persons they encountered at the residence of the NDC parliamentary candidate for the area.
The Emile Short Commission is investigating the violence that left about six persons injured on the by-election.
Citi News cameramen on the day of the election caught some masked and armed men manhandling some individuals.
But according to DSP Azugu, the manhandling was in the cause of effecting the arrest of some persons who were pelting stones and moving aggressively towards the SWAT team.
“The persons who were arrested were pelting stones and moving ferociously towards us,” he said.
He said some of the nine persons who were arrested resisted arrest and attempted to run away hence the harsh reaction from the SWAT team.
“It was not in a proper manner. We didn’t handle them [arrested persons] in a professional way, [the way] they were taught to…. Based on that, we have initiated disciplinary actions. Their idea of minimum force that we saw on TV was too much for all of us…. 9 persons were arrested. Some of them surrended peacefully and were taken to the vehicle but some decided to run away from lawful arrest and the boys pounced on them,” he said.
The Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery had told the Commission that the armed masked men were not deployed by the Police Service but DSP Azugu on Monday said he will be surprised if the police hierachy deny the deployment of the SWAT team.