- President Akufo-Addo says he is sad at the news of a police officer assaulting a woman at a branch of the Midland Savings and Loans company in Accra
- According to the president, policemen are meant to protect citizens, not to assault citizens
President Akufo-Addo has stated that he supports measures taken by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to sanction the Police officer who assaulted a woman at a Midlands Savings and Loans bank.
Speaking at Nalerigu on Saturday as part of his tour of that the Northern part of the country, the President said Policemen are meant to protect citizens and not to assault them or abuse their rights.
He, therefore, condemned the actions of the Policeman, whiles emphasizing that he sully supports the sanctions against “erring” officer.
This, he said, would ensure that such unfortunate situations do not occur in the future.
“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,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“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.
On Friday, a video of an officer assaulting a hapless woman popped up on social media, causing outrage among the general public.
In the said video, the Police officer is captured beating up a woman who was carrying a baby in her hands.
Reports circulating in the local media suggest the woman had entered the Midland Savings and Loan banking hall after transaction hours to withdraw some money.
However, she was refused the transaction on the explanation that banking hours were over and that she could therefore not withdraw her money.
Upon insisting, the Police office, who has since been identified as Frederick Amanor, was called to drive the woman out of the banking hall.
The one minute-twenty-seven minute (1:27) video which was apparently recorded by an onlooker captured the policeman beating the woman until some persons intervened to stop him.
But the officer continued to abuse the lady, first hitting her with an umbrella and then later countlessly slapping her on the face, before dragging her out.
However, the Police Administration has revealed that the matter is currently under investigation, with processes already underway to punish the officer involved.
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