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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 1 December 2018


Court remands nine suspects over Osudoku Land-guards clash

Nine suspects have been remanded by the Dodowa District Magistrate Court over their involvement in a gunfight at the Shai Osudoku district hospital in Dodowa.

They have been charged with offences ranging from conspiracy to commit a crime, aiding and abetting, and the commission of a crime.

In an interview with Citi News, Divisional Crime Officer for Dodowa, Superintendent Reuben Dugah, said the perpetrators will not be spared.
“We are giving it all the necessary attention, we are very serious with it because we cannot continue to contain lawlessness in this country and for that matter within our jurisdiction here, if you have ownership to a land and someone is stepping on the land unlawfully, the law courts are there, you don’t take the law into your hands, we cannot accept that and we will not allow that to go,” he said.

There was a bloody clash at the Dodowa District Hospital in the Greater Accra Region on Wednesday afternoon after a gunfight ensued between land guards and landowners leading to several injuries.

Some victims of the brawl sustained machete wounds after a fierce clash between two factions and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

While authorities of the hospital were busily providing treatment to the wounded, the irate groups stormed the facility to continue with their scuffle.

Medical Superintendent of the Dodowa District Hospital, Dr. Ken Brightson, who confirmed the incident on the Citi Breakfast Show said the scene became more chaotic when he insisted on giving medical care to some victims in a vehicle who were being taken to the police station to write a statement.

He said, "I stopped a car moving some of the victims away to save the lives of the victims because I have a responsibility of keeping them alive before police report. A policewoman was accompanying them to the police station so they go and write their statement. So she had to call for reinforcement. As soon as the team arrived on our premises, it became chaotic. They started fighting. Some of the wounded victims also engaged in the fight.”