Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor, the policeman who assaulted 36-year-old nursing mother Patience Osafo at the banking hall of Midland Savings and Loans has finally been interdicted by the Police Administration.
In line with police disciplinary procedures, the Police Administration has constituted a panel to handle the issue and come up with the appropriate sanctions for Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor whose action has since last Friday generated a lot of backlash from the public.
This was made known in a statement signed and issued by the Director General of Police Public Affairs, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr David Eklu.
The statement was to help update the public on three major incidents that have happened involving the police in the past week.
Assault at banking hall
In the case relating to the video of the policeman assaulting the woman at Midland Savings and Loans in Accra, the police administration indicated that some actions taken included the immediate identification of the policeman shortly after the video had gone viral.
Subsequently, the policeman was arrested and placed in custody and investigations into the case was initiated.
Additionally, the victim was contacted and her statement was taken by the police to get her side of the story.
The Police then issued a medical form to the victim and the baby who were seen in the video being hit with an umbrella while the woman was slapped and kicked by the policeman.
According to the police administration, the victim and the baby were treated at the Police Hospital and discharged.
“The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters is currently conducting further investigations,” the statement indicated.
Another policeman, Constable Amidu Osman who was escorting a bullion van who mistakenly shot the driver of the van while attempting to dispatch a crowd at Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region last Saturday, July 21, 2018, has been interdicted pending further investigation.
The unfortunate incident which resulted in the death of the driver of the bullion van.
On the Manso-Nkwanta incident in the Ashanti Region, the Police Administration pledged the fullest cooperation to the yet to be set up independent committee in line with the government’s arrangement.
Following the incident the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr David Asante Apeatu visited Kumasi together with a government delegation to ascertain the facts of the case and held discussions with major stakeholders namely; Regional Security Committee (REGSEC),
Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, Elders of Council of Zongo Chiefs at Asawase and some of the family members of the deceased persons.
Police personnel have been cautioned to uphold the highest level of professionalism. courtesy and respect for human rights in line with the ongoing Transformation Agenda of the Service.
Additional all regional, divisional and district commanders have been given instructions to intensify supervision and monitoring of personnel in the discharge of their duties.
“The Police Administration assures the general public that it has taken note of concerns. media comments/discussions. and constructive criticism: to guide our operations. The public will be regularly updated in respect of progress on these cases, “ the Police Administration has indicated.