The civil strife that has befallen the Midland Savings and Loans and the Ghana Police Service seems to be gathering momentum as a group comprising single mothers and market women are demanding the two embattled establishments to pay GH¢500,000 in compensation to Patience Osafo―the victim.
The deadline according to the aggrieved women is today, July 25 after which they will hit the streets of Accra in protest and subsequently drag the two entities to court if they fail to do the needful.
“In law we call something damages and damages is by way of compensation and once you go through any torture or you have an issue and it is a civil matter, certainly you are looking for money.
“Normally, the money or damages required must commensurate with the injury,” Mary Ohenewa, a private legal practitioner and the leading member of the movement told TV3 news yesterday.
Destroying the social order—this is what a state security officer and more precisely, a police officer was seen doing in a video that went viral on social media, last Friday.
Lance Corporal Fredrick Amanor, the disgruntled officer, was captured in a video without remorse or sympathy, violently and shamefully beating up his victim―Patience who was holding a baby multiple times on the head, first with an umbrella, and then with his fists.
The officer also attempted to drag Patience violently out of the building while he shoved and kicked her around.
Apparently, 36-year-old Patience Osafo had gone to the bank to make some withdrawals that had been denied her for several days.
On all occasions, she was asked to leave the banking hall for the office to be closed after the close of the day’s work.
But on Thursday, vowing not to leave until the money was paid, the bank’s management invited the police to escort Patience out of the premises—leading to the scuffle.
According to Madam Ohenewa, “We want to set a precedent where struggling poor people and especially poor women are protected.”
“What are the polices for these women? If you are poor, must you be treated with condemnation,” she asked.
The group has also called on the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to support their call and to ensure that the woman is properly settled legally.
Meanwhile, the president of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has also expressed his desire to join forces with some lawyers to drag Midland Savings and Loans to court for allowing a police officer brutalize a woman.
By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ firstname.lastname@example.org