Two fire service directors fight over transfers; one bites the other

Two fire service directors fight over transfers; one bites the other

- Two deputy chief fire officers of the Ghana National Fire Service have fought each other

- The two were said to be fighting over hand over notes due to changes in their positions

- One of the senior officers, Ekow Yawson, has reportedly sustained bite wounds in the right palm

The premises of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) headquarters was turned into a boxing arena on Tuesday when two deputy chief fire officers reportedly engaged each other in a fierce fight.

The two officers, Ekow Yawson, and Obeng Dankwa Dwamena, for close to 10 minutes, were said to be fighting in front of junior officers over handover notes.

The encounter led to one of the older directors landing a hefty blow on the face of the other.

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It took the intervention of senior and junior officers of the service to separate the fight to calm down the brewing tension between the two senior men.

Ekow Yawson, sustained bite wounds in the right palm, according to a report sighted by on

The fight reportedly ensued between the two chief fire directors due to changes in their positions which they did not approve and also were not happy about.

Obeng Dwamena, the officer who bit his colleague, was said to be transferred to Accra from the Western Region where he was to take over from Ekow Yawson as the head of Safety Department.

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Yawson, due to the change in position, had also been made the Director of ICT, Research and Monitoring, recently.

But Mr Yawson’s transfer, according to a source, got him aggrieved based on earlier promise by the chief fire officer, Mr Blankson, that he was not going to transfer officers due for retirement next year.

Consequently, a reluctant Yawson handed his handing over notes to Dwamena, but the latter was not happy about the work and complained that it had not been properly done.

Dwamena, according to the report, then threatened at a management meeting that he would force Yawson to hand over to him properly but Yawson got angry when he got wind of the threat did not take it lightly.

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Dwamena reportedly stormed the offices of Yamson at the Research and Monitoring Department to demand of him to hand over to him properly but that resulted in the fight which ended up with Yawson sustaining bite wounds.

Meanwhile, the chief fire officer, Mr Edwin Blankson, was said to have earlier assured officers that those who were due retirement next year would not be transferred.

However, that promise was reprtoedly broken when he decided to make transfer, causing confusion between officers.

It was as a result of this confusion that the fierce fight broke out between Ekow Yawson and Obeng Dankwa Dwamena.

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