Policeman who assaulted woman in banking hall arrested

BY: Graphic.com.gh

The police officer, who assaulted a woman at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans in Accra, has been arrested and placed behind bars, following an order by the Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante Apeatu.

Criminal proceedings has since been initiated against him.

The Director General of Police Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu who made this known said the officer was stationed at the Accra Regional Police Operations Unit and that, the IGP issued the order immediately after watching the video of the incident, which has gone viral.

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The IGP is currently in Kumasi in connection with the disturbances at Asawasi following the killing of seven suspected armed robbers by the police.

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The police officer, named as Godzi Frederick Amanor popularly referred to be colleagues as Skalla beat a customer of Midland Savings and Loans at the Shiashie branch.

The customer, Patience Osafo had gone to the financial institution to withdraw her savings totalling Gh₵270.

After four days of no success, she decided to launch a protest and insisted on not leaving the banking hall until the money was paid.

The bank staff then invited the police officer to pull her out which resulted in the scuffle and assault.

Read also: Woman assaulted by police officer at Midland branch speaks 

The Police Service has launched investigations into the brutalities, officials have confirmed.

A footage of a Police officer in uniform assaulting the woman with a baby strapped behind her on social media has sparked outrage among Ghanaians.

The shows the officer, who had a gun with him, hitting the woman on the head repeatedly and slapping her at a point, despite a desperate attempt by an unidentified man to separate them.

Read also: Midland Savings and Loans apologises to brutalised customer

Meanwhile, Midland Savings and Loans has also reported the case to the police. Management of the financial institution has condemned the brutality which was “meted out to a customer."

Commenting on the incident, the Minister of Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery said he called the IGP immediately after seeing the video and told him to take action on the matter.

He said it was unacceptable for a "policeman to be that hostile, to be so wicked, to be that barbaric to another woman."

He said he has asked the IGP to look at the matter and deal with it immediately. 

Watch a video of the incident below

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