COVID-19 update: The inside story, name and other details of soldier who shot policewoman drop

COVID-19 update: The inside story, name and other details of soldier who shot policewoman drop

- Details have emerged of what triggered the shooting of a policewoman by a soldier on Thursday, April 9, 2020

- The two security officers were detailed at the Tema New Town Metropolis of the Greater Accra Region to ensure compliance of the partial lockdown

- The name and other details of the soldier have also surfaced

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YEN.com.gh has gathered details of what triggered the shooting of a police woman by a soldier while on duty with her at the Tema New Town Metropolis of the Greater Accra Region.

An earlier report indicated that the incident happened on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The policewoman was identified as Lance Corporal Francisca Tenge who is with the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Police at the Tema Regional Police Command.

Following the incident, details have surfaced of what caused the shooting of Lance Corporal Francisca Tengey by the soldier during lockdown duties.

The identity of the soldier has been revealed as Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp in Accra who is currently on detention after shooting the policewoman in the thigh at Tema New Town.

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The victim, who received treatment at the Tema General Hospital is attached to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Tema Regional Police Command and was deployed for COVID-19 assignment.

Adomonline.com reports that information available to DGN Online indicates that the military high command was locked up in a meeting with the hierarchy of the Tema Regional Police Command over the incident.

According to a statement signed by the Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, they received information on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at about 6:am that the policewoman had been shot.

Police detectives were dispatched to the scene and saw blood around a snap check point mounted for the operation COVID Safety at Tema Newtown, where the police officer was assigned for duty.

Parts of the statement said that while on duty, the police officer was accidentally shot in her right lower thigh from behind by Able Seaman 1 (AB1) Oppong Bekoe of the Naval Headquarters, Burma Camp who was also detailed for the same operation at the said checkpoint.

The statement also indicated that Lance Corporal Francisca Tengey was rushed to the Tema General Hospital, where she was been treated and discharged.

A cautioned statement has been taken from the offending soldier and released to his unit commander for further investigation.

''Lance Corporal Tengey has been treated and discharged by medics at the Tema General Hospital after sustaining two fearful gunshots,'' the statement also said.

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his sixth address to the nation on the deadly coronavirus, announced that Ghana's case count jumps from 313 to 378 as of April 9, 2020.

According to the president, the additional cases recorded were gotten from the samples collected and tested from the contacts traced.

In other news, residents of Ashaiman have debunked claims that a truck pusher, Eric Ofotsu, who was killed on Sunday, April 5, 2020, attempted to disarm a military officer who was charged to enforce compliance of the lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Ofotsu was allegedly killed by a military man who was part of a combined military and police personnel stationed at Ashaiman to ensure strict compliance of the partial lockdown imposed by President Akufo-Addo.

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