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Six cops interdicted over Lamashegu shooting

Source The Ghana Report

The Ghana Police Service had interdicted six police officers involved in the Sunday shooting incident at Lamashegu in Tamale after preliminary investigations.

The cops, attached to the Tamale District Patrol team, are:

No. 46497 General Corporal Samson Kweku Darfour

No. 50249 General Corporal Prosper Mormesimu

No. 56190 General Constable Harrison Twum Danso

No. 57436 General Constable Mathew Sah

No. 58823 General Constable Nuhu Muntari

No. 11319 PW/Constable Doris Serwaa Bonsu

A statement issued by the Director-General of Public Affairs for the Ghana Police Service on Monday, 14 February 2022, said the Deputy Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), DCOP/Mr Frederick Agyei, is expected to lead an investigation into the incident.

Additionally, personnel from the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) have been detailed alongside the CID team to probe professional standard related issues of the conduct of the Tamale patrol team.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Police Commander has been tasked to liaise with the affected families and offer them the necessary support in line with police regulations.

“We are appealing to the people of Lamashegu and the entire Tamale Metropolis to remain calm as the investigation continues into the unfortunate occurrence.

“We would like to assure the public that anybody found culpable would be dealt with according to the law,” the statement added.

Why were the police officers interdicted?

One of the cops allegedly shot a resident who had gone to seek refuge at the Palace of the Lamashegu Chief, leading to bloody riots.

The latest information indicates that one person is dead, while seven others are battling various degrees of injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, the cops who were on patrol duty came across a young man who was driving an unregistered private vehicle.

The police stopped him but he drove off at top speed towards the palace. The police then fired in the car’s direction, hitting one person in the process.

The youth massed up on the streets where they burnt car tyres and pelted police with stones to protest the action of the cops.

 

Several warning shots could be heard in videos that captured the scenes as the youth faced off with armed police officers.

One of the victims suffered cuts on his face, with parts of the flesh hanging, as the gushing blood soaked his shirt and shorts.

Police reinforcements were dispatched to restore calm by dispersing the crowd with water canons.

A joint military and police personnel have been stationed at the scene to prevent further disturbances.

 

The injured have been sent to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the Assemblyman for the area, Abubakari Fuseini, has revealed that he is a relative to one victim.

 

He said he was informed by the chief of Lamashegu about the shooting incident and realised the victim was the brother after he rushed to the hospital.

He narrated that the police shot the back of the vehicle, and it hit the victim in the thigh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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