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General News of Friday, 7 June 2019

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Police Boss hides under bench to avoid lynching over suspect’s death

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The District Police Commander for Breman- Asikuma in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa (AOB) District of the Central Region , Chief Superintendent Donkor Baah had to devise a method to save his life from the angry claws of relatives of a suspect who reportedly died in police custody as they bade for his blood.

Police had arrested a family member during a swoop at a popular Indian hemp joint but he was alleged to have died in custody before he could be processed for court with his family pointing accusing fingers at the police.

Enraged by his death, they stormed the station and attempted lynching the commander and his subordinates while pelting stones at the structure breaking some glass windows in the process.

In the ensuing melee, the police commander who literally went on a relay without a baton, hid under a wooden bench as the situation became more volatile to save his life from the angry family members who issued a 24-hour ultimatum to him to resurrect the dead person.

“The police assaulted the deceased physically after arresting him and our checks reveal he was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital after he was rushed there. We are giving a 24-hour ultimatum to the police to have something meaningful to tell us, else we will burn down the police station,” a family member who spoke on Accra-based Adom Fm threatened.

Reacting to their allegations, a fear-stricken police chief stated that the suspect did not die in police custody as claimed.

“The deceased complained of sickness while at the cells last night and was sent to Our Lady of Grace Hospital for treatment but died some hours later”

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