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General News of Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Nurses call off strike over alleged rape case

Nurses at the Damongo Government Hospital have called off a few hours sit-down strike they embarked on following the detention of their colleague, Ernest Green for alleged rape.

The Bishop of the Damongo Diocese, Most Rev. Paul Ankyire, and the hospital’s management pleaded with them to end their strike, barely four hours after they declared it.

The aggrieved nurses have resumed work, but they insist that Ernest Green should be granted police inquiry bail.

A Tamale District Court remanded Ernest Green into police custody for allegedly raping an Italian elderly woman at the Damongo Government Hospital where she had visited for treatment.

His detention is to enable the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police to conduct full scale investigations into the alleged rape case.

In solidarity, Ernest Green’s colleagues have laid down their tools and demanded his immediate release on police inquiry bail.

Spokesperson for the aggrieved nurses, Nyenebon Aiden, served notice that they wouldn’t resume work until Ernest Green is released.

He accused the police of acting unprofessionally in handling the case saying, “We want justice and the police are acting unprofessionally especially coming to the hospital well armed with over twenty personnel and also assaulting a nurse at the ward.”

The suspect was arrested by the Damongo Police after the incident was reported to them by the complainant.

He has since been transferred to the Northern Regional Police Command where he is being processed before the court, hence his detention.

Background

According to the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Mohammed Yussif Tanko, the incident, according to the complainant, happened on Friday, April 6, 2018 at about 4.00 am in a private ward of the hospital.

The complainant said she was rushed to the hospital at about 11:50 pm the previous day suffering from malaria.

She said the suspect approached her and told her the hospital had a private ward if she would like to take it and she agreed, adding that she got up at dawn and managed to make it to the washroom and on her return, she found it difficult to climb back on to the bed and the suspect came around to assist her onto the bed.

The complainant said the suspect sat by her side and started touching her but she was too weak to resist and that suddenly the suspect took her breast into his mouth, removed her panties and had unprotected sex with her.

Meanwhile, a medical team is conducting tests to assist the police CID in their investigations.