Police arrest NPP member who led attack on TTH CEO

Police in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, have arrested the suspended member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Baba Alhassan after he led attack on the Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr David Zaawumya Kolbila.

The Medical Officer was on Monday thrown out of his office by alleged members of the pro NPP Vigilante group, Kandahar Boys who accused him of engaging in corrupt practices.

The arrest comes a day after four suspects were arrest but subsequently released over lack of evidence to prosecute them.

In an interview with Kasapa News, Thursday, the Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Commander, DSP Mohammed Tanko stated that Baba Alhassan who orchestrated the whole act was picked up in his house is currently being cautioned by investigators and is likely to be charged with offensive conduct, unlawful entry and assault.

He added that, the Police is picking up some leads and will effect more arrests based on credible information available to them.

Doctors, Nurses and Midwives at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) embarked on a strike action following the attack by the vigilante group.

Despite the arrest of the suspect, the medical staff have refused to call of their strike.

They claim though the arrest is good news, that’s not enough to get them back to work.

Secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ibrahim Busagri in an interview with Kasapa News stated that they demand the prosecution of suspects, establishment of a police post to assure them of their safety before they return to work.

“Let us see something concrete being done because our fear is that we told you time and again this is not the first or second time such incident is happening and if we don’t do anything such impudence will continue and our lives will continue to be at risk.

“We want the suspects to apologize to the CEO, the patients and the staff for causing them so much fear and panic with their reprehensible action. Our lives are important just as the patients”

Two Tamale robbers jailed 55 years

Two armed robbers who attacked and robbed two persons at Kanvili-Tuunayili, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region on Sunday, July 29, 2018 have been sentenced to a total of 55 years in prison.
The convicts, Imoro Abdul-Rahaman, 25 years; and Mubarik Abu, 23 years were slapped the jail term after they were convicted by a Tamale Circuit court following a guilty plead.

They were convicted on three accounts of conspiracy to commit crime, robbery and causing unlawful harm.

The court presided over by Justice Twumasi Appiah on Monday, August 6, 2018 gave Imoro Abdul-Rahaman a total of 35years while Mubarik Abu, on his part was given 20years.

Facts

The two armed robbers were arrested by the police in Tamale on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

This was after they had attacked and robbed two people at Kanvili-Tuunayili, a suburb of Tamale.

The victims, Foritong Cindy Yenulom and Anaba Rophina had their Gh¢300, an Infinix note and Techno mobile phones taken away from them at gunpoint at about 11pm on that day.
According to the police, the victims were returning from King David Spot, a popular spot in the metropolis to their home at Kanvili-Tuunayili and upon reaching a section of the road, the convicts who were armed riding a motorbike attacked them and inflicted multiple cutlass wounds on them.

The victims were rescued by some people who were passing and they arrested Imoro Abdul-Rahaman and took him to the Kanvili Chief`s palace.

He was later picked up by a Police patrol team.

Mubarik Abu took to his heels but was later arrested by the police.

Police investigate threat on life of Energy Ministry PRO

The East Legon Police Command has commenced investigations into the alleged threat on the life of the Communications Specialist at the Energy Ministry, Nana Damoah.

Kasapafmonline.com sources say, Nana Damoah filed an official complaint to the police after receiving series of threatening text messages from his colleague government appointee, Herbert Krapah, who’s Government Spokesperson on Legal and Governance Affairs, following comments he made in relation to the controversial AMERI deal which has resulted in the dismissal of the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.

According to Nana Damoah, Mr Krapah warned him to desist from peddling falsehood about New Patriotic Party (NPP) Stalwart and cousin of President Akufo Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko if he values his life.

Speaking to Kasapa News, Nana Damoah stated that he’s informed certain senior members of the party about the development and was told that the issue was being handled but nothing was done about it, hence his decision to report the matter to the police as he fears for his life.

“He sent me a message warning me to be careful, later he sent another message warning me to stop peddling falsehood against Mr Gabby Asare Otchere Darko and that if I don’t stop there’ll be a showdown. All my interviews are public, I’ve not once in any of my submissions in public discourse mentioned the name of Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, so I’m extremely surprised that this is what is going on.”

A/R: 5-member Independent C’tee to probe ‘gang of 7’ killing

A Five (5) member Committee has been set-up to independently investigate the circumstances leading to the shooting of some seven suspected robbers at Manso Nkwanta by Police in the Ashanti region.

The committee was inaugurated on Monday, July, 30,2018 by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah.

The committee is made up of the following;  A representative from the Christian Community, Muslim community; representative from the Regional BNI as well as the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.

The committee is chaired by a Justice of the Superior court in the region and will have one month ultimatum to submit its report  to the Ashanti regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah.

Government had indicated that it was going to commission a probe into the incident. The independent probe is intended to bring some clarity to the matter.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak had earlier said he was “deeply worried” about the government’s delay in probing the recent killing of some alleged robbers in his constituency.

“I’m deeply worried that our 7 brothers who were killed by Police in Ashanti region are still not buried 10 (ten) days today and the Independent Committee promised by Government is also still not composed. We are trying very hard not to make comments that will give any impression about political actors trying to take advantage of what is happening, yet I have a big responsibility to represent every constituent of mine regardless of his/her back ground.” said Muntaka.

Some youth in the Asawase constituency staged violent protests in reaction to the killing of the seven young men in the area.

They said the young men were not armed robbers as the police claimed in its report.

The Police announced that seven out of the eight suspected robbers, whose attack reportedly led to the death of a Police Officer with the SWAT unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, had been gunned down after a gun battle.

But families of some of the deceased persons disputed the claims of the police.

The families suggested that the police wrongfully killed their “innocent” relatives.

Police clash with Fulani highway robbers; two arrested

The Kwahu Mpraeso Police in the Eastern Region have arrested two highway robbers, Ibrahim Sambo and Sulemana Sambo, while robbing passengers on the Kwahu Tafo to Pitiku road.

The two suspects are all fulani.

According to the Public Relations officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh , on July 28, 2018 at about 10.30 am, the Kwahu Mpraeso Police patrol team had tip off that armed robbers have blocked a section of the Kwahu Tafo -Kwahu Pitiku motor road and were robbing drivers and passengers plying that section of the road.

He said the Police swiftly rushed to the scene and met three fulani men armed with single barrel short guns. But they fled into the bush on seeing the Police and were given hot chase by the patrol team following which suspect Ibrahim Sambo was arrested. Police retrieved one single barrel short gun from him.

Later on, the Police with the help of some vigilante residents managed to arrest one of the two suspects who fled into the bush, Sullemana Sambo, 21.

He said further intelligence is being gathered to enable the arrest of the last accomplice.

Meanwhile, victims of the robbery incidents are being urged to report the case at the Police station to aid in prosecution of the suspect.

Residents and commuters in the Mpraeso area have for sometime now been complaining about highway robbery cases hence happy with arrest made by the Police with calls for intensified Patrol on the roads.

Ashaiman Accident: Police on manhunt for Kia truck driver

Police in Ashaiman are in search of the driver who ran his truckload of  building blocks into traders at Ashaiman market.

The Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ashaiman Police Divisional Command, DSP Isaac Kojo Forson, has appealed to the public to provide information on the driver to be picked up to assist in investigations.

The driver of the said Kia Rheno  reportedly bolted after running into people, killing one and injuring 6 others at Ashaiman in Accra.

At least 5 vehicles were also damaged by by the Kia truck.

The Police said the driver of the vehicle could not be found when the police arrived at the scene.

This, he said, was after the police received a distress call around 9am Thursday about the accident.

The driver was heading towards the main Ashaiman traffic light from the Ashaiman Senior High School, when the accident occurred.

The truck run into the people most of whom are traders on reaching the Barclays Bank which is around the traffic light.

The injured are receiving treatment at the Emergency Unit if the Tema General Hospital while the deceased who died upon arrival at the hospital has been deposited at the morgue waiting autopsy.

MPs meet IGP over recent Police brutalities

The Committee on Defence and Interior is currently locked up in a meeting with officials of the Ghana Police Service led by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu.

The Committee made up of Members from both sides of the House (NPP MPs and NDC MPs) are subjecting the men and women in black uniform to questions relating to recent police brutalities in some sections of the Ghanaian society.

The meeting which started at 14:00 GMT at the State Tower Block (Job 600) is expected to last for some hours due to the nature of the subject matter.

Among the key things the MPs are looking into are:
1. The seven (7) suspected armed robbers who were gunned down by a team of Police personnel from the Ashanti Regional SWAT Unit on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Poano, near Anhwiakwanta on the Kumasi-Obuasi Road.
2. The woman who was severely assaulted by a policeman on duty at the Shiashie branch of the Midland Savings and Loans on July 19, 2018.
3. The driver of the bullion van who was shot dead by a Police officer.

Vice-Chairman of the Committee and MP for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwa, told kasapafmonline.com in an interview that the Committee is enjoined by the Constitution to examine all matters relating to defense and national security and those three incidents bothers on national security, it was only fair to invite the Police Command for questioning.

“For Christ sake, we are in this country and the Police institution is governed by law because if you look at the Ghana Police Service Act, Act 350, it spells out how the Police must conduct themselves. When it comes to Service Instruction, the law governing it, CI 26, it also spells out how discipline a police officer should be and also spells out their standard operations procedures. So, how come that some of them are not doing their work well and also infringing on the rights of the people they are supposed to protect?”, he questioned.

Midland: BOG begins probe amidst reports of liquidity challenges

The Bank of Ghana will this morning (Monday) commence investigations into occurrences at the Midland Savings and Loans Company to enable it establish what led to the assault on a customer and whether the company is actually facing liquidity challenges.

A policeman who had been stationed at the Shiashie branch of the company last Thursday assaulted a nursing mother who demanded her deposit.

There has been public outrage and condemnation from President Akufo Addo and a large section of Ghanaians after a footage of the said Police officer in uniform beating to pulp the helpless nursing mother emerged on social media platforms.

The 1:26 seconds amateur video shows the officer, who had a gun with him, hitting the woman on the head repeatedly and slapping her at a point, despite a desperate attempt by an unidentified man to separate them.

According to Joy News, sources say the investigations is intended to establish what actually happened and whether the all the laid down protocols were followed in dealing with the situation.

The investigations will also try to establish whether there is any truth in reports that the company is seriously facing liquidity challenges making it difficult for the company to meet the demands of its customers.

The investigative team which will be led by the Financial Stability Department of the Bank of Ghana is expected to present its interim report to management of the Bank of Ghana for the necessary actions to be taken against company.

Some believe that reports of liquidity challenges facing Midland Savings and Loans Company has been strengthened following a statement by internet provider K-Net that the problems experienced by the company cannot be attributed to an internet challenge which made it difficult for the company to dispense cash to the depositors.

According to K-Net there was no point in time that a complaint was made to them that Midland was having challenge with their internet.

There are fears that the development will cause a run or what some may call massive withdrawals from the Savings and Loans Company.

The Midland issue brings to five companies said to be facing serious liquidity problems making it difficult for the customers to get their deposits.

Police officer mistakenly shoots bullion van driver

A Policeman guarding a bullion van has mistakenly killed the driver of the van and injured another person at Manya Kpongunor in the Lower Manya krobo Municipality of the Eastern region.

The Akuse Police Command has taken the dead body to the Atua Government Hospital for preservation and autopsy.

DSP Ebenezer Tetteh PRO Eastern Regional Police Command who confirmed the incident said between the hours of 12:30pm and 1:00pm police received information that a police officer Constable Amidu Osman was returning from Akosombo to Koforidua on Special duty on Nissan Bullion van with no GN 1630-12.

On reaching Manya Kpongnor a suburb of Odumase-Krobo, a group of mourners blocked the road with a coffin containing a dead body, in an attempt to open up the road the police officer accidentally shot and killed the driver whose name is not yet known.

The driver, according to DSP Tetteh died instantly. The Police officer is currently assisting with investigations.

Meanwhile, the coffin together with the dead body has been abandoned at the scene. Efforts are being made to trace and locate the families of the deceased whilst the Bullion van has been impounded at the station for further action.

Prosecute cop who brutalized woman – GBA to Police

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) wants the Police Administration to follow through investigations and appropriate sanctions applied into the case of Police brutality of a middle-aged woman who was beaten to pulp in a banking hall by an officer on guard duty at the Midland Savings and Loans bank.

“The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has viewed with horror and revulsion a video circulating on social media in respect of an incident which allegedly occurred at a financial institution in Accra. The GBA is appalled that a police officer, whose primary duties include ensuring the safety of
persons, should brutalise the very persons he is duty-bound to protect, with such impunity. The Bar condemns in no uncertain terms the reprehensible and cruel conduct of the police officer,” said the GBA in a Press statement.

According to the GBA, Security officers who under the guise of maintaining peace and order attack, abuse and dehumanise citizens must not escape the arm of the law and victims of such brutalities must receive justice.

The statement added:”The GBA would wish to empathise with the victim of the assault for the traumatic experience she underwent, and to stress that under no circumstance should any citizen or resident of Ghana be subjected to such cruelty.”

The Policeman who allegedly assaulted the said customer of the Midland Savings and Loans in a banking hall has been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.

The police officer is currently being held at police headquarters assisting investigations.

There has been public outrage after a footage of the said Police officer in uniform beating to pulp the helpless nursing mother emerged on social media platforms.

The 1:26 seconds amateur video shows the officer, who had a gun with him, hitting the woman on the head repeatedly and slapping her at a point, despite a desperate attempt by an unidentified man to separate them.

The woman was seen shouting  amidst desperate attempt to free herself from the grips of the officer.

Meanwhile, the Management of Midland Savings and Loans has condemned the assault of the customer by the Police officer.

In a statement issued by the Bank after the incident said the case has been reported  to the police to get justice for the customer.