Irate Anomabo Mob Vandalise Police Station

Irate residents of Anomabo, in the Mfantseman District  went on the rampage and vandalised the Police Station on Tuesday, over the death of a resident who lost his life when attempting to avoid arrest  in a police swoop on Monday .

The angry mob,  armed with dangerous implements, carried the body and dumped it in front of the station.

They then  destroyed furniture, a television set, documents, some vehicles and other items worth thousands of Ghana cedis in and around the station. 

But for the timely intervention of a 30-member police reinforcement  from the Central Regional Police Command, who managed to bring the situation under control, police personnel on duty would have been beaten to pulp   by the angry mob.

Inspector Daniel Baidoo,  who was severely injured,  was rushed to the Saltpond Hospital, while the body of the deceased was  deposited at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital mortuary.

The Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ransford Moses Ninson,  speaking with  the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the scene,  said the Saltpond Police Command  on Monday, received information that some persons were dealing in narcotics around the Fort William at Anomabo.

A team of policemen was dispatched to the area,   and during the swoop,  four persons were arrested and sent to the Saltpond Police Station, and  70  wraps of herbs suspected to be Indian hemp, seized.

On Tuesday afternoon, the angry mob carrying the body of a man they believed  jumped into the sea to escape arrest  but got drowned and washed ashore on Tuesday morning,  stormed the station and destroyed every item there.

DCOP Ninson said the mob overpowered the policemen who called for the reinforcement, leading to the arrest of six persons.

According to him, the Saltpond Police did not notice the sea jumping incident during the swoop.

He said a post-mortem would be conducted on the body to ascertain the cause of death.

Saying the suspects, including a woman, would be prosecuted,  he advised the general public to use the appropriate medium to register their displeasure,  instead of vandalising state property.

DCOP Ninson assured the police would ensure calm in the area,   and therefore back-up personnel have been left to patrol the town. —GNA

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