Police Under Attack! …Two Killed, 1 Injured
TWO POLICEMEN on separate official duties have been killed in two bloody attacks within a spate of 24-hours, while a third policeman is in critical condition at the Police Hospital after he was butchered with axes and machetes , with his blood-soaked body left for dead.
Lance Corporal Alhassan Asare was shot dead in Akyem Swedru in the Eastern region.
A police situation report said he was found lifeless in a plastic chair while on guard duty at the Dukes Petroleum Filling station at about 5:40 am yesterday.
His rifle was in between his thighs having sustained severe gunshot wounds on the head. The uniform was soaked with blood.
Three empty shells were found on the ground, the report said.
On Monday, Corporal Benjamin Antwi, was also killed by some robbers, taking away his AK46 assault rifle at Manso Nkwanta.
The deceased was said to have closed from work Monday evening when the incident occurred although reports as to the exact place and time of the incident vary.
Other information suggested that he went to Dome, also in the Amansie West District, when he was murdered.
No arrest had been made yet as at the time of filing this report on Tuesday evening.
In Accra, another policeman, Constable Marvin Selassie Gbeddy, of the National Protection Unit (NPU), was on Saturday night, attacked by three men armed with machetes and axes.
Constable Gbeddy, currently in a critical condition and receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Accra, was left with deep cuts on his skull, his legs, arms and other parts of his body.
The attack happened around Weija on the outskirts of Accra.
The three men, without any provocation, warning or questions, pounced on the police constable and started cutting him with their axes and machetes while he struggled for his life.
Constable Gbeddy was not armed and had to rely solely on his physical strength and training in self-defense to save his life.
The three men, after inflicting the constable with several deep cuts, took away every valuable item on him including his money, phones and shoes.
One of the men then pinned Constable Gbeddy’s neck to the ground and pressed it hard in an attempt to suffocate him while the two others held his arms and legs.
He however managed to free himself from their grip and flee while they gave him a hot chase screaming “we would kill you today”, “you policemen are all going to die”.
The trained Constable was saved when the three men chasing him stopped and fled because they others approaching their direction and the police man was screaming for help.
A good Samaritan gave the blood-soaked Constable Gbeddy a mobile phone to call home as well as the police emergency lines for help.
No arrest had been made over that incident as at the time of filing this report.
These incidents comes on the heels of the murder of General Corporal Agatha Nana Nabin on July 30, 2019 while on snap check duties at Kumbungu in the Northern region.
She was shot at the back of the head with the bullet passing through the mouth killing her instantly,
It brings to three, the number of police officers murdered in the past 21 days.
However, the acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh has directed a specialized team of investigators and operations from the National Headquarters in Accra to support the Ashanti and Eastern Regional police commands, investigate the killings of two police officers.
A statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Supt. Shiela Abayie-Buckman indicated that the police hierarchy is proceeding to meet with the families of the deceased officers to commiserate with them.
It further assured that it will deal with anybody or group of person behind the attack assuring “the general public that Police will continue to protect law-abiding citizens and residents in accordance with its constitutional mandate.”
The Police Administration nonetheless is encouraging anybody with information related to the killing/death of the Officers to report to the nearest Police Station.