The mother of 26-year-old Joseph Adjei, the young man who was shot and killed by a police officer, Sergeant Adorye on Thursday morning, is denying reports her deceased son was a robber.
The visibly terrified mother said this on Citi news when the authorities of the Accra Regional Police Command visited the family of the deceased man to commiserate with them.
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She said her son was with her in the room in the morning when the police came to her, dragged her son on the floor and beat him without any protest from him as was being speculated around.
She remained adamant her son was not a thief saying, “My son is not a thief. He helps my nephew in his work.”
The police had alleged earlier on Thursday in statement ascribed to ASP Afia Tengey, who is the Greater Accra regional police command PRO, that the two deceased, Adisha Bagaje and Joseph Adjei were shot after they resisted attempts to have them arrested at about 1:30am on Thursday at Nmai Dzorn.
She claimed that they attacked the police team that went to arrest them with “machetes, knives and other offensive weapons”.
Meanwhile, a family friend who also spoke to Citi news said the police came to apologise for putting wrong information on the media.
“We were not happy and today the police came in to clarify issues today, that they were sorry for putting wrong information on air,” he said.
He further added, “He [Joseph] is not a criminal, as they put on air yesterday. That was not the case.”
Sergeant Adorye, the police officer who shot and killed Joseph Adjei along with a murder suspect, Adesha Bagagyi at Nmai Dzorn, a suburb of Accra, has been detained by the Police administration.