Man, 25, granted GH¢20,000 bail assaulting police officer

A 25-year-old unemployed, who assaulted a policeman, at the Shukura Police Station, has been admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with three sureties by the Circuit Court, in Accra.

Salim Mohammed Shaibu, who allegedly gave General Constable Sergeant Daniel Afriyie a blow to the right eye, was remanded at the last sitting.

Shaibu, who is also accused of violently inciting a mob, who attacked and prevented personnel at the Shukura District Station from performing lawful duties, has pleaded not guilty.

Shaibu was charged with assault and “rioting/inciting rioting and remanded in police custody by the court presided over by Mrs Adelaide AbuiKedey.

Admitting him to bail, the court ordered that the sureties of the accused person should be family members.

The matter has been adjourned to October 17.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Maxwell Ayim at the last sitting said the complainant was General Constable Afriyie, stationed at Shukura Police District Headquarters while accused resided at Shukura.

The court heard that on September 2, this year, the complainant was on duty at the Shukura Police Station.

The Prosecutor said a group, numbering about 50, arrested and brought to the Shukura Police station Samuel Otoo, a suspect, and alleged that he had stolen a laptop and a mobile phone from a certain house at Shukura.

Prosecution said while Otoo was being interrogated at the charge office, SelimaShaibu and RamatuNagaiye, who were among the mob, started assaulting Otoo’s wife, Lydia Otoo, at the charge office.

 According to Chief Inspector Ayim, when the police intervened, Shaibu led his accomplices to engage in a riot at the police station.

He said accused emerged from the crowd andgave General Sergeant Afriyie a hefty blow to the right eye, and the victim suffered injuries on his face.

Chief Inspector Ayim said not quite long, other accomplices of the accused scaled the fenced wall of the police station and attacked police personnel on duty.

Prosecution said police reinforcement from Dansoman and Mamprobi were invited and the crowd on seeing the team dispersed.

Chief Inspector Ayim said Shaibu was nabbed, and a formal complainant was made against him.

Shaibu in a caution statement said, he did not know what came over him to assault the policeman. -GNA

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