Crime

Policeman shoots driver’s mate

 A Police General Lance Corporal (G/L/Cpl), Frank Kofi Amoako of the Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) at  Takoradi,  in the Western region, Friday dawn  allegedly shot  a driver’s mate, John Essandoh, at Kojokrom.

This was after the policeman chased the victim and his master (a driver) from  Inchaban barrier  to Kojokrom, to arrest  them for alleged smuggling offence.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that G/L/CPL Amoako intercepted the articulated truck been driven by driver (name not given)at the barrier, but,  he fled the scene, and  in an attempt to arrest them the  gun ‘went off’ injuring Essandoh.

Essandoh was taken to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital where he was admitted and treated, but, later referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

G/L/ CPL Amoako was in police custody pending further investigations, and the articulated truck driver, has reported to the police and his statement taken.

The Western Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, confirmed the incident yesterday.

She recounted that   about 3.15 am  on Friday, G/L/CPL Amoako was  on duty  at  the Inchaban police barrier  when  an articulated truck with registration number WR 3059-14 pulled up from Cape Coast direction towards Takoradi without light.

On reaching the check point, the police stopped the driver(name unknown) and drew his attention that truck was not having  light, and,  he was asked to produce his drivers licence and also open the container for inspection.

DSP Adiku mentioned that the driver produced  only the waybill covering the container, and pretended producing his  licence from the vehicle, but sped off.

She said, G/L/CPL  Amoako suspected the driver was carrying smuggled goods,  and chased him  and ‘caught  up’ with him at   Kojokrom,  where  he had  parked the truck.

DSP Adiku said, the driver fled the scene leaving behind his mate, Essando, and  when he attempt to arrest driver’s mate in the vehicle, Essandoh resisted and tried to disarm the policeman.

The Police Public Affairs Officer said the rifle which G/L/CPL Amoako was holding went off, and the mate continued his bid to disarm the policeman.

“The mate and the policeman fell into a gutter and the rifle went off again hitting the mate on his left leg ,”DSP Adiku explained.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI

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