PThe driver and his mate who allegedly assaulted a policeman on duty last Thursday, at Mallam Junction, in Accra, have been arrested by the Police.
Francis Buabeng, the driver and Albert Ansah, the mate, in a fisticuff with Police Constable Julius Mawuli Ekpe of the Accra Regional Police Command Visibility Unit, were captured on a video which went viral.
The two have been placed in police custody to assist in investigations.
The Public Affairs Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Effia Tenge, told the Ghanaian Times in Accra, yesterday that, the suspects reportedly flouted road traffic regulation on the Mallam Kasoa road but when the Police attempted to arrest him, they assaulted him (policeman).
She said last Thursday, at about 1:30pm, on the Mallam Kasoa road, Buabeng parked his Sprinter vehicle with registration number AW-855-14 in the middle of the road to pick passengers who were crossing the road from the other side.
She said in the process, it obstructed traffic causing a motorcycle to run into the rear of a private car behind the Sprinter bus.
DSP Tenge said, Constable Ekpe approached the driver to help resolve the matter but in the process the driver nearly hit him and sped off.
She said the policeman hired a commercial motor cycle ‘Okada’ and pursued them and managed to catch up with them at the Mallam Junction traffic light.
DSP Tenge said at the Mallam Junction, an argument ensued between the suspects and the constable.
The Police PRO said, the two later assaulted him and, bolted but lodged a complaint at the Mallam Police Station that they had been assaulted by a police. They were given a medical form to attend hospital.
She said the policeman later towed the vehicle to the Odorkor Police Station and made an official report to the police.
DSP Tenge said during investigations suspects were arrested and had since been charged with four charges, conspiracy to commit crime, assault on a police officer, obstruction and causing damage to police accoutrement
She said suspects would be put before court today.
DSP Tenge warned that such unwarranted attacks will be met with the full rigours of the law.
‘’Police Administration strongly condemns such assault on police officers and disappointed about the onlookers who failed to intervene during the assault on the police officer,’’ she added.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI