- The lifeless bodies of the two policemen who drowned have been retrieved
- The policemen drowned while they were chasing armed robbers
- The unfortunate incident happened in the Oda River at Kobro village near Jacobu
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The Ghana Police Service has announced the recovery of the lifeless bodies of the two officers who went missing after their canoe capsized on the Oda River in the Ashanti Region.
“The bodies of the two police officers have been retrieved from the Oda River,” the service said on Facebook on Friday, 17 July, adding: “Investigations are ongoing.”
"Local divers joined the regional police crime scene officers to recover the bodies after close to 72 hours of search," an opinion leader told DailyMailGh.com, adding: “They have been declared dead.”
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The two have been named as Lance Corporal Amedius Akwesi Boateng (No. 50287) and Lance Corporal Stephen Kyeremeh (No. 48515) – both from the Obuasi division.
The two were part of a four-member team pursuing suspected armed robbers who had launched an attack on small scale miners at Kobro near Obuasi in the Amansie Central District.
The officers, in an effort to proceed to the scene, hired a canoe to cross the Oda River, which had burst its bank. The robbers upon seeing the police escaped from the scene.
“On their return, the canoe on which all were on board capsized and the two sergeants managed to swim ashore whilst the other two Lance Corporals together with their service rifles are yet-to-be-traced,” police said in an incident report.
The two other officers who survived the tragic incident have been named as Sergeant James Ahiman and Sergeant Isaac Nyamekye. Police are yet to give details of their status at the time of filing this report.
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YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Police Service has said it has identified the officer who was seen on video assaulting a woman at a voters’ registration centre.
He has been named as Lance Corporal Wormernor Samuel (No. 61588 ) and he is being investigated for “professional misconduct” and assault against one Madam Ofosuwaa.
The incident, according to the police, occurred on 9 July 2020 at the Asofa M/A junior high school in the Greater Accra Region which is a designated voters’ registration centre.
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