- The IGP has caused the interdiction of the District Police Commander of Sefwi Akontombra for instructing his officers to lash a 14-year-old boy
- The District Commander, DSP Dickson Obeng, who felt the boy’s stubbornness ought to be exorcised, ordered some police officers to discipline him by way of lashing
The District Police Commander for Sefwi Akontombra, DSP Dickson Obeng, has been interdicted for ordering his men to lash a 14-year-old.
His interdiction follows an order from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu.
A statement from the Ghana Police Service, signed by the Director-General for Public Affairs, David Eklu, said investigations are being conducted into the matter.
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The statement said the IGP has directed the Western Regional Police Commander to constitute a committee to spearhead the investigations.
The committee will have two weeks to do their investigations and submit their report on the incident.
The Police urged the public to remain calm, adding that they would be updated on the progress made by the team constituted to investigate the matter.
The Western Regional Police Commander, DSP Dickson Obeng, has been accused of odering his men to assault a 14-year-old class 6 pupil of the St. James Anglican Primary at Akontombra.
The victim, Stanley Antwi, was reportedly given 36 lashes on his back as a corrective measure for going astray.
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The teenager has since sustained injuries and bruises on his back, with the marks drawn from the canes visible for all to see.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, father of the boy, Enoch Tandoh, said DSP Obeng ordered his men to whip the teenager because he fought a colleague in school.
“So I rushed home to see my children only to see my son Stanley with severe marks of beatings on his back, his chest and parts of his stomach. When I asked Stanley what happened, he said the District Police Commander ASP Dickson Obeng, whose office is just behind their school, ordered his men to whip him for fighting with one of his classmates after school had closed,” Mr. Tandoh explained.
“I took my child, together with my wife to the hospital, but we were told we have to produce a medical request form from the police before they could take care of him. Knowing the commander is the same person to eventually produce that, I reached out to the District BNI officer. He came and insisted the hospital should take care of him without further delay. He then assisted us to the Commander.
"When we got to the commander, he said my son was fighting with one of his classmates, but despite a call on him to stop, he refused so he ordered his men to teach him a lesson,” he added.
This comes after several police brutalities have been recorded around the country in the last two weeks.
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