The Inspector-General of Police has directed the immediate interdiction of three policemen who allegedly assaulted Ghanaian Times journalists including a nursing mother last week.

They are:

  1. Inspector Isaac Opare – Ministries Division/Accra
  2. No. 37698 Sgt. Ebenezer Akron – Accra Regional Police Headquarters
  3. No. 50852 L/Cpl. Evans Kofi Ntim – Police Visibility/Accra

“The Inspector-General of Police has further directed the Accra Regional Crime Officer to take over the investigation of the case from Ministries Police Station,” Director General of Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu said in a statement.

The IGP, David Asante Apeatu, the statement said, has also instructed the Commander of the Accra Central Motor Traffic Unit to take over the Motor Traffic Accident aspect of the case.

Both commanders are to submit their reports in one week, it said.

“Additionally, the Police Professional and Standard Bureau (PPSB) has also been directed to look into the conduct of the Police officers who were on duty at the Ministries Police Station when the incident was reported.”

Background

Two journalists -Malik Sulemana and Raissa Sambou – of the state-owned Ghanaian Times were assaulted by about 10 police officers and a soldier on Thursday March 14 when they decided to film an accident involving a police officer riding an unregistered motorcycle and who got involved in a traffic offence. Another person, an editor from the same media house was also heckled by the police officers.

One of the journalists, a lactating mother who had her baby through a caesarean section, was hit in the lower abdomen, collapsed, and was rushed to the emergency Unit of the Ridge Hospital while the others were again manhandled by the police.

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