Two police officers are undergoing emergency surgery to save their lives after the violent attacks they suffered on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, during the demonstration organised by the pressure group Arise Ghana.
This was disclosed by the Ghana Police Service in a post on their official Facebook page, which also said that the number of injured officers had risen to 15.
The release on Thursday, 30 June 2022, said the injured cops were all being treated at the Police hospital in Accra.
The law enforcement agency used the opportunity to express gratitude to the Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, for his support.
“We are grateful to our sector Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior, for leading a team to visit the officers at the hospital.
“The Police Administration wishes to express its appreciation to members of the public for their show of love and support for the affected officers,” a statement said.
Update on Injured Police Officers: Number Increases to 15, Two Undergo Emergency Surgery
— Ghana Police Service (@GhPoliceService) June 30, 2022
The police initially announced that 12 of its officers suffered various injuries as demonstrators attacked them by hurling stones and other objects on Tuesday, 28 June 2022.
Some of the officers were left with bloodied faces and fractured skulls as they were directly pelted with stones by angry protestors.
A number of officers suffered bleeding from the head, while another got cuts on the ear as his uniform was drenched in blood.
Other cops appeared unsteady by the impact of the sizeable stones on their bloodied faces as they were not wearing helmets or protective gear.
The police were at the demonstration to provide security but ended up as victims of the bloody attacks.
The protestors also destroyed property and damaged police buses by smashing the window glasses and mirrors with stones.
Meanwhile, the 29 protesters held for attacking the police have been granted bail, the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has revealed.
“Arrested Arise Ghana protesters granted police inquiry bail. The leadership of Arise Ghana and our lawyers are in the process of finalising the bail processes. Arise Ghana is grateful to the IGP and the police service,” Sammy Gyamfi posted on Facebook on Thursday, 30 June 2022.
The first day of the exercise was marred by chaotic scenes with the pelting of stones by the protestors.
This prompted a police response leading to the firing of tear gas and spraying of hot water to disperse the mob.
However, the second day was held peacefully as petitions were presented to the Ministry of Finance and Parliament.