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Ghana Police provide fresh details on tragic shooting incident involving police officers

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Tragedy struck in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region when a police officer, Constable David Gbati, was shot dead by his colleague, ASP Frank Nsiah. The incident happened on May 5th, 2023, while they were on their way for an operation at Awaso.

According to reports, ASP Nsiah, who was under the influence of alcohol, got into an argument with his subordinates while they were in the service vehicle. The altercation led to the shooting of Constable Gbati.

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The Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. Immediately after the incident occurred, the Inspector-General of Police dispatched a team to assess the situation and interact with the personnel.

The Inspector-General of Police also dispatched another team of Police Management Board members to visit the family of the deceased and formally notify them of his passing. The family has been assigned a Police clinical psychologist to offer support through this difficult time.

In addition, another team of clinical psychologists has been deployed to the Western Regional Police Command to offer psycho-social support to the personnel of the Command following the tragic loss of their colleague.

Meanwhile, the suspect Police officer, ASP Frank Nsiah, has been detained at the Bekwai police station pending further investigations. The Police have assured the public that due process of the law will be followed.

The incident is a reminder of the need for responsible alcohol consumption, especially among law enforcement officers who are expected to uphold the law and maintain peace and order in society.

For the most part, this tragic incident has underscored the need for more awareness campaigns on responsible alcohol consumption and the importance of adhering to the highest standards of professionalism in the discharge of duties by law enforcement officers. Our hearts go out to the family and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time, and we hope that the investigation will bring closure and justice.

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