General News of Thursday, 8 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Melcom disaster: Prez Mahama orders IGP to promote injured officer

President John Mahama has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to promote to the next rank a police officer who got injured while helping to rescue people trapped in Wednesday’s Melcom shop disaster.

The policeman, whose name is not readily known, has reportedly rescued about 14 victims, according to Joy News’ Derick W. Johnson, who is at the scene.

He reported that both of the policeman’s limbs have been bandaged and he is taking a rest.

Derrick quoted the security officer as saying: “I have sacrificed myself to rescue people”.

So far, about 75 people have been rescued and nine confirmed dead.

The president visited the scene again on Thursday afternoon after Israeli rescuers arrived in Ghana to support local efforts.

He vowed to ensure that city authorities are held responsible for the disaster.