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A/R: Civilians assault policeman and attempt to seize his gun in Kumawu district

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Another video of civilians assaulting a policeman has surfaced on social media, causing public outrage. In the video, passengers on board a taxi were seen wrestling with a policeman and attempting to seize his gun in the process.

The incident happened on Friday around 4 pm in the Kumawu district. The policeman seen strangled by the uncontrolled civilians has been identified as Corporal Sylvester Berhene. He was conducting a search in the boot of the taxi cab as part of their patrol duties.

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According to an audio recording, a member of the patrol team stated that “We saw a sack which had a gun and a knife whiles searching the car boot. We suspect they are hunters but the gun they were using was not registered so the fear of an arrest made them struggle with our brother and pounced on him”. However, this portal cannot independently verify the audio.

Seven people were on board the taxi with registration number AS 9504- 19. The occupants, namely Edward Boateng aged 20, Evans Addo aged 20, and Yaw Kusi aged 22, were arrested on the spot. The others managed to escape. Two of the runaway suspects namely Michael Owusu and Boateng Yaw, 28 years and 20 years respectively, were later apprehended by the surveillance team. All the suspects arrested are currently in police custody assisting in the investigation.

Two of the attackers are currently on the run, while Corporal Sylvester sustained bodily injuries. The incident has raised concerns about the safety of police officers carrying out their duties.

It is the duty of every citizen to respect the rule of law and ensure the safety of our security personnel. The police must also work tirelessly to ensure that such incidents are prevented and the culprits brought to book.

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