The Minister for the interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, has apologised to 3 journalists of the Ghanaian Times who were savagely abused by three cops last week.
“On behalf of my ministry, i would like to Apologise for no matter actions of these in my sector agency might need done to you”, Mr Dery told journalists on Wednesday, 20 March 2019, adding: “We are all concerning freedom of expression”.
Meanwhile, the inspector general of Police has ordered the immediate interdiction of the 3 cops.
Malik Sulemana and Raissa Sambou along with their driver were abused by the officers around Kinbu in Accra when one amongst the officers who was riding a motorcycle hit the journalists’ automotive and sped off.
A statement issued by the police administration, signed by ACP Mr David Eklu, the Director-General of Police Public Affairs on Wednesday, 30 March 2019, named the officers as Inspector Isaac Opare of the Ministries Division, Accra; Sergeant Ebenezer Akrofi of the Accra Regional Police Headquarters; and noncom Evans Kofi Ntim of the Police Visibility in Accra.
“The Inspector-General of Police has any directed the Accra Regional Crime Officer to require over the investigation of the case from Ministries police station. He has conjointly instructed the Commander of the Accra Motor Traffic Unit to require over the Motor Traffic Accident facet of the case. each are to submit their reports in one week,” the statement value-added.
“Additionally, the Police professional and standard Bureau (PPSB) has conjointly been directed to appear into the conduct of the cops who were on duty at the Ministries police station once the incident was reported .”
“The public are going to be updated on the progress of action taken,” the statement value-added.
Sergeant Ebenezer Akrofi is claimed to possess carelessly used his unregistered motorcycle to hit a vehicle belonging to the Ghanaian Times newspaper close to the Kinbu traffic signal in Accra on Thursday, 14 March 2019, when allegedly jumping traffic.
The front bumper and aspect mirror of the Nissan vehicle was broken as a results of that.
The 3 journalists from the Ghanaian Times who were on their means for the day’s assignment were within the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Two of them, malik Sulemana and Raissa Sambou were physically brutalised for partaking Sergeant Akrofi on the accident and making an attempt to film the incident and exchanges.
The policeman reportedly used his elbow and manus to punch the stomach of Raissa Sambou, a nursing mother who gave birth in December through surgery (cesarean) and was rushed to the emergency unit of the Ridge Hospital when she folded.
Malik, who was thrown into a police cell for near four hours at the Ministries police station, received medical attention later at the Cocoa Clinic.
The third journalist, a Senior Assistant Editor, Salifu Abdul Rahman, was conjointly heckled by the lads in uniform with threats to confiscate his bag and phone.
Narrating his ordeal, malik aforementioned when Sergeant Akrofi hit the Ghanaian Times vehicle and sped off along with his motorcycle, a seat rider who saw what happened tried to prevent him, however the officer rode on.
The Times driver chased and managed to block the officer around Kinbu traffic light junction, he aforementioned he got off the vehicle and began videotaping that the officer despised and tried to grab his phone.
Angered by the event, leader aforementioned the officer punched his face leading to blood gushing out through his nostril.
Other policemen and a soldier in uniform joined in pushing, kicking, slapping punching, insulting and head-butting him, he added.
During the melee, he aforementioned his phone was taken on the side of the policemen by Raissa and two-handed over to the motive force.
After trying to find the phone while not success, he aforementioned he was handcuffed and bundled into a police vehicle and sent to Ministries police station.
“They neglected my plea to them to send me to the hospital for medical attention. whereas lying virtually still within the police cell, they brought me out associate degreed dragged me on the stairway to an workplace on the second floor. They dragged me into the cell and urged the inmates to beat me up after I insisted to write down my statement solely within the presence of my attorney,” he narrated.
While within the cell, he aforementioned the policemen boasted that “journalists solely go after they are abused which this one too shall pass”.
Malik aforementioned his pain reached an agonising level once one officer at the counter who goes by the name S. Nukunu, hit him on the back many times.
He aforementioned he was brought out of the cell and issued a police medical type when the Editor of Ghanaian Times, Mr David Agbenu and News Editor, Matthew Ayinne Ayoo visited the police station within the company of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) David Eklu, Director of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, greater Accra Police PR Officer.
Confirming the narration by leader, Mr Rahman aforementioned the policemen were unruly and were determined to assault the journalists despite pleas from members of the public to prevent it.
He noted that he was compelled to rush Raissa to the hospital to avoid any unfortunate consequence.
A motor rider who witnessed the incident, Xornam Jiagge, corroborated Malik’s account of the incident adding that the military man, who wasn’t a part of the police team, solely joined the lads to beat the journalists as a result of he thought the police were under attack.