Woman, 35, allegedly assaulted by WBI micro-credit official

A 35-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted last Tuesday by some officials of the WBI micro-credit services, a financial institution located at Galilea Market in the Ga South municipality.

She was reported to have been assaulted by the staff for reporting to the bank without some residents of her area who also owed the company, resulting in her hospitalisation at the Amanfrom clinic in Kasoa.

Narrating her ordeal to the Ghanaian Times at the clinic last Thursday, the victim, Charity Osabutey said she had visited the bank to make part payment of a loan of GH¢1000 when the unfortunate incident occurred.

“I went there to make payment of part of the loan I took but the officials I met there asked me why I did not show up with some residents of my area who were part of the group I belonged to who also took loan from them,” she added.

The mother of three indicated that after the officials she met at the reception took her money and gave her receipt, they asked the security man to lock her up in his office until her group members showed up.

Ms Osabutey who was still recovering from an undisclosed ailment stated that the security man dragged her from the reception of the office to his post and released her on realising that she was gasping for breath.

She explained that though the bank gave out the loans to traders individually, they were usually grouped under the supervision of a loan officer, assigned by the bank.

According to the physically shaken woman, but for the intervention of an oil vendor living opposite the bank, she could have passed out.

“This oil seller who can bear witness to my ordeal was the one who chattered a taxi at a fee of GH¢10.00 for me. I thought I was going to die because I was struggling to breathe. I did not commit any offence to deserve this. I only went to make part payment of what I owed the bank as agreed, I have not flouted in payment in any way so I do not understand why I should suffer such inhumane treatment,” she lamented.

When contacted the administrator of the financial institution, Mr Wahab Tommie stated that he was not aware of the assault adding that he would conduct investigations into the matter.

Ms Osabutey has since reported the case to the tollbooth police in Kasoa.

BY RAISSA SAMBOU                             

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