- The Volta Regional Police Command has taken over investigations into the death of a senior CEPS recruit
- The deceased is said to have passed after a drill
The police has begun investigations to unravel what led to the death of a senior cadet recruit who was training at the Customs and Excise Preventive Service (CEPS) Academy at Kpetoe in the Volta region.
George Annor, 31, was part of senior cadets who had reported at the academy for training on March 31, 2019.
He is reported to have collapsed and subsequently died after being made to undergo some rigorous arrival formalities [drills] at the training school.
He was initially rushed to Kpetoe Health Centre where he was given first aid and later referred to the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho.
However, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, with fresh wounds spotted on both of his knees.
Five other persons are said to have collapsed in the course of the drills, which demanded that they bend both knees and move while carrying their luggage.
In a video that has gone viral, the recruits are captured being instructed by their superiors to keep going despite majority looking tired.
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The Volta Regional Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro Kwarteng, confirmed the incident and said investigations are currently ongoing.
He told the Graphic Online that the deceased was part of the recruits seen in the viral video undergoing arrival training.
An autopsy report from the 37 Military Hospital revealed that the deceased died as a result of "acute ventricular failure”, DCOP Kwarteng said.
Meanwhile, the CEPS Academy has been widely condemned by the public after the video of the treatment meted out to new recruits went viral.
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