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IGP interdicts 2 cops over torture of suspect

The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong- Boanuh, has directed the immediate interdiction of two policemen of the Railways Police Station at Koforidua in the Eastern Region for alleged torture of a suspect.

The two, General Lance Corporal Isaac Marfo and General Sergeant Patrick Amoako were identified in a trending video on social media torturing a gentleman in a room.

A press release from the Police Public Affairs Directorate (PAD) confirmed the interdiction and indicated that the police had begun investigation into the incident.

The policemen were captured on a video torturing a suspect for allegedly stealing GH¢1,600 from an employee.

The video showed the two policemen assaulting the alleged suspect who was in handcuffs with no shirt and in boxer shorts amidst verbal insults while being lashed with belts to confess to the alleged crime.

In the video, the suspect screamed for help as he received strokes from the policemen, one dressed in the police uniform and the other in a white shirt.

The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of New Juaben South Municipality, Isaac Appaw Gyasi, says he has summoned the Municipal Police Commander over the incident of police brutality at the Railways Police Station at Koforidua.

The MCE, who doubles as the head of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) condemned the actions of the policemen.

“Whatever offence that might have been committed by the suspect does not warrant such beatings,” he said to Citi News.

“I just got to see the video and I am terrified. I am not going to sit here and tolerate that at all… we are going to take it very seriously.”

Aside from this, the Eastern Regional Police Command said it will need a formal complaint from Aglebe Dodzi, before a criminal investigation can commence.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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