- The police officer said he was on duty with the AMA clearing hawkers off the streets
- The intervention of the programmes director at Joy FM might have saved the officer's life
On Monday afternoon, a police officer was narrowly saved from a mob attack at the forecourt of The Multimedia Group. The officer in question had accosted a driver whom he said had committed a road offence.
The officer, Lance Corporal Godfred Adomogre Lawd, told Myjoyonline.com that he had been assigned to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly guards to help pursue hawkers off the streets.
While on duty, officer Lawd spotted a driver parking in an unauthorised spot around the Kwame Nkrumah Overpass. He tried to call the attention of the driver but the alleged offender drove away.
The lance corporal then said quick thinking on his part pushed him to jump onto an illegal taxi-motorbike popularly known as 'okada' and chased the offending driver river right up to car park around the Multimedia Group.
The driver identified as Elegba Trewu, tried to seek refuge from the people there but the lance corporal grabbed onto him and gave him some slaps, according to the report.
Onlookers decided not to be bystanders and so ganged up in defence of the driver. Perhaps, this action from the public stems from the general disaffection with the police in the wake of the incident at Midlands Savings and Loans.
According to to the report, were it not for the intervention of the programmes director at Joy FM, Mr Kofi Ansah, the worst could have happened to the officer.
Mr Ansah took the officer inside the Multimedia Group building until reinforcement from the police.
The lance corporal, who said he was with the Police Visibility Team, had no identity card and service number to show at the time of the incident. His name tag was also not displayed on his uniform.
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