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General News of Saturday, 21 July 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

MP donates GHC2,000 to brutalised woman in Midland saga

Member of Parliament for Manhyia North Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Collins Owusu Amankwah has donated GHC2,000 to the woman who was brutalised by a police officer at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans bank.

Speaking on UTV, the MP described the act as barbaric and pleaded with the Ghana Police Service to swiftly prosecute the police officer.

According to him, he got disturbed after watching the video and wondered why a police officer would commit such a heinous crime against a fellow human being, more so a woman with a baby.

He stated that “we are not living in a banana republic for someone to take the law into his own hands. Police as an institution are the main law enforcement agency in this country, so it is one of the noble professional institutions I believe we all look up to on how they work".

"Their motto states ‘service with integrity’ so it is unwise for a police officer who has been well trained and working with the law to commit such an inhumane act. If he is not deranged, then I don’t know how best to describe him”, he wondered.

A horrific video that circulated on social media, Friday showed a middle-aged nursing mother being assaulted by a uniformed and armed police officer.

The officer, Frederick Amanor, hit the woman’s head several times with an umbrella before landing many blows on her head and face.



He also dragged her across the floor as the woman tried to resist and fight back.

Reports say the incident occurred when the woman insisted on receiving her GH¢270, saved with the financial institution.

An official of the company told the woman they could not give her the money because their system was down but the woman, who had reportedly been chasing her money since last week Friday refused to leave.

According to her, when she refused to leave, the staff of the company ordered the police officer to throw her out.

Many Ghanaians took to social media to express outrage over the matter, demanding justice for the woman and the arrest of the officer.

The Police in a statement said it had begun investigations into the matter and will ensure justice for the victim and the perpetrator sanctioned.

The management of Midland Savings and Loans has since condemned the assault.

Moreover, family of the beleaguered police has issued a statement appealing to the Inspector General of the Police, and the victim, Patience Osafo to forgive the officer for the dastardly act.

While admitting that Frederick Amanor’s act was “barbaric” and “inhumane,” the family said, “human as we are, offending one another is inevitable.”

They, therefore, urged Ghanaians to pray for the officer to “remember our son in their prayers for the good Lord to reform his twisted mind and steer him on a decent and humane path.”