Man remanded for assaulting policeman

A 25-year-old unemployed, who assaulted a policeman, at the Shukura Police Station, has been remanded in police custody by the Circuit Court, in Accra.

Salim Mohammed Shaibu, allegedly gave General Constable Sergeant Daniel Afriyie a blow to the right eye.

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

Shiabu was charged with assault and “rioting/inciting rioting, and remanded in police custody by the court presided over by Mrs Adelaide Abui Kedey.

He is expected to reappear in court on September 20.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Maxwell Ayim prayed the court to remand the accused pending further investigations.

However, the defence counsel prayed the court to admit his client to bail.

Chief Insp Ayim 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.

Chief Insp Ayim 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, Selima Shaibu and Ramatu Nagaiye, who were among the mob, started assaulting Otoo’s wife, Lydia Otoo, at the charge office.

According to Chief Insp 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 and gave General Sergeant Afriyie a hefty blow to the right eye, and the victim suffered injuries on his face.

Chief Insp Ayim said not quite long, other accomplices of 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 Insp 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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