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General News of Sunday, 22 July 2018

Source: ghanaweb.com

I will sue Midland out of existence - Franklin Cudjoe

The institution at the centre of the “police-nursing mother assault” saga, Midland Savings and Loans may just be out of business soon if president of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe decides to pull through with his threat of suing them out of existence.

Franklin Cudjoe, speaking on Citi TV’s ‘Big Issue’ revealed his intentions to sue Midland out of existence. Suffice to say, his is a dense addition to the support of people nationwide who are rallying behind the victim to reach the justice she deserves.

Although the policeman has been chastised greatly, Mr Cudjoe is one of the few who are seeking the head of Midland on a guillotine for their abetment and their actions or the lack thereof in what is being described as a “mortifying example of police brutality.”

“I’m likely to talk to a few lawyers to sue the bank, so that the bank will pay hefty damages because this happened right under their nose and probably sue them out of existence,” he revealed on Citi TV’s ‘The Big Issue’ with Bernard Avle.

He believes that “the policeman was clearly acting on instructions. He wasn’t there when the woman went asking for her money.”

It is possible that “the bank officials were angry” because she stayed in the banking hall when she was asked to leave.

Ghanaians’ sympathy for the assault victim has been shown in forms, ranging from legal voluntarism to food and money donations.

He suggested that another disturbing instance that needed to be investigated was how a bank that was recently advertising their 20 years in existence could not give the woman her money when she had clearly reached “this point of desperation.”

In his opinion, the way in which rumoured financial challenges of banks are circulated could make customers “panic” as could also have been the case for this customer.



But that said, “it was still her money,” he was quick to add that, “she was not a beggar.”

Treatment of customers may vary depending on how fiscally valuable the customer may be to the bank. Mr Cudjoe cited instances where “we are late to the bank and we are allowed access to do whatever we want,” he referred to himself and a few other “known people”.

For a customer who needed her own money under such scorching circumstances, “She didn’t carry a cane into the banking hall,” but was beaten like a petty criminal and dragged out in like description.



“Now the police must rid itself of this criminally minded elements,” he said of the policeman who was the perpetrator in the unfortunate assault.

To add the to voices of those calling for the prosecution of Midland Savings and Loans, Occupy Ghana, a pressure group, has called for the staff of the bank to be charged with aiding and abetting the crime while some legal brains have strongly urged the woman to sue both the police and financial institution.

Frederick Amanor has been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police and investigations into his conduct is ongoing.