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General News of Saturday, 22 June 2019


Police condemn assault on officer by motorcyclists

The Ghana Police Service has condemned the assault on one of its officers in Accra by some motorcyclists

The incident occurred in the Friday morning when the officer, a personnel of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department, tried stopping about 200 motorbike riders who were in a funeral procession to the Awudome cemetery from blocking the road.

But for the timely intervention of another police officer, it would have led to a fatal attack on his colleague at the Abossey Okai roundabout.

In a statement to express outrage over the incident, the police service indicated that it has already taken steps to get to the bottom of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.

“The Administration condemns the action of a group of motorbike riders who reportedly assaulted a Police officer who was performing traffic management duties at the Obetsebi Lamptey Roundabout in Accra on Friday, June 21, 2019. The case is under investigation and all persons who took part in the assault or incited same would be arrested to face the law.”

It also urged the general public to assist the police service with the relevant information to assist with their investigations.

“Any person who has information, photo or video of this incident is encouraged to send it to our inbox or through the whatsapp number 0206-63-91-21”, the statement added.

The attack

Eyewitness accounts say the officer was pounced upon and beaten up.

The Police officer who sustained injuries on his head was saved by another officer who had a gun on him.

Narrating the incident, an eyewitness said: “They rushed to the Police and started beating him. The Police officer had a big cut on his head.”

This incident comes in the wake of Citi TV’s War Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign.

The campaign against indiscipline being championed by Citi FM and Citi TV has yielded positive results as more drivers have been arrested for breaking road laws.

Some have already been arraigned and fined between GHc600 and GHc800 to deter other drivers from engaging in indisciplined acts.

The War Against Indiscipline campaign by Citi FM/Citi TV is also aimed at putting pressure on duty bearers to ensure discipline on roads.

#WAI, since it started, has charged citizens to be responsible while reporting other irresponsible drivers by filming them in a name and shame approach.