A policeman who allegedly opened fire on a suspect and his accomplice in the course of arrest at Nmai-Dzorn, a surburb of Accra, has been detained by the Accra Regional Police Command.
Sergeant Jacob Adorye, an investigator, whose action caused the death of the two persons was detained in accordance with police regulations and standard policing practice.
Sergeant Adorye who went with a team of policemen from the command to Nimai-Dzorn was said to have opened fire on a suspect, Adesha Bagagyi and his accomplice Joseph Adjei when they allegedly attacked the police team with a machete and an axe during their arrest.
The Greater Accra Regional Police Command Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge, told journalists in Accra yesterday, that Bagagyi, together with four other accomplices, were on the police wanted list for murder last year at Teshie in Accra.
ASP Tenge stated that the two, who were injured, were taken to the Police Hospital, but were pronounced dead by a medical officer at the hospital on arrival.
She said the team had responded to a tip off that one out of five suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a resident of Teshie in a chieftaincy dispute in August 2015 was hiding at Nmai-Dzorn, near Adentan in Accra.
“On the instruction of the regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr. George Dampare, the investigator, Sergeant Adorye whose action caused the fatalities has been detained in accordance with police regulations and standard policing practices,” she added.
She said Sergeant Adorye, who claimed his life was in danger was said to have shot at Adjei and Adorye with his assault rifle.
ASP Tenge said investigations would be carried out by a team led by the regional crime officer Superintendent of Police, Mr Paul Kontonma.
The families of the deceased had also been contacted to assist the police in their investigations.
ASP Tenge said a group of men including the suspects, attacked a chief in Teshie, name withheld, on August 25, 2015, for sprinkling the Ga traditional food, Kpokpoi, during the celebration of the Homowo festival.
She said the police which intervened and averted a possible clash, advised the chief and the opposing faction to celebrate the festival in their homes without the sprinkling of Kpokpoi on the streets in the area, until the chieftaincy dispute was fully resolved.
ASP Tenge said on August 26, 2015, while the celebration was on going at the chief’s palace the opposing faction armed with offensive weapons, attacked the celebrants and killed a man identified as Sulley Musah.
The Pubic Relation Officer said in the course of police investigations into the incident a witness, who captured the murder of Musah, using the mobile phone presented it to the police.
“Subsequently some of the persons captured in the video were arrested and put before an Accra Circuit Court,” ASP Tenge said.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong