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8 people were arrested at La Bawaleshie – East Legon Crime Officer

The number of persons arrested and taken to the East Legon Police Station during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence continues to be a subject under contention as three police officers have submitted different numbers to the Commission of Inquiry investigating the incident.

While Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Asare, Commander of the East Legon Police Station, told the Commission earlier that seven persons were brought to the station, DSP Samuel Azugu, Commander of the National Security Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, testified that nine persons were arrested and taken to the police station by his team.

However, appearing before the Commission, chaired by Justice Emile Short yesterday in Accra, Crime Officer of the East Legon Police Station, DSP Abena Benewaa Kwabena, disputed the figures submitted by her two colleagues saying that a total of eight suspects were brought to her outfit by DSP Azugu and his team.

Attached to their arrest, she said was a report that the eight were picked up at La-Bawaleshie for refusing to leave the area and further attacking the national security team.

All the eight suspects, who had sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the violent incidents at La-Bawaleshie were issued medical forms except one who said he did not need it, she added.

As evidence, she submitted a list of the names and contacts of all the eight suspects to the commission.

On the day of the incident, DSP Benewaa Kwabena, said she and her detective moved to the La-Bawaleshie Presbyterian School when she got information that some shootings had taken place in the area.

She said she saw two pupils of the school with bullet casings and one Wala Youth Chief, who was in possession of 37 bullet casings.

The Wala Youth Chief, she said refused to hand over the bullet casings to her because he said they were evidence to the case he was going to pursue.

She said she also saw bullet marks on a metal container and on two trees in front of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency parliamentary candidate, Delali Brempong’s house as well as blood splatters which she was able to preserve.

The masked armed national security operatives, she said had already left the scene before she got there while evidence available had also been disturbed.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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