Police in Ekumfi Eyisam have arrested nine people in connection with an attack on the police station in the area by some youth of the town which led to the injuring of a police officer.
Speaking on GBC’s “Behind the News”, the Central Regional Police PRO, DSP Irene Oppong explained that the youth from Eyisam came to the police station and attacked personnel and properties there.
“They were not able to free the taxi driver who is Ibrahim Iddrisu. Ibrahim Iddrisu is still in our custody.”
“We have been able to arrest another eight who are suspected to be part of the crime that was committed at the police station and the case is under investigation.”
Condemning the attack she said: “It is not pleasant for law enforcers to be attacked by youth or people that we are supposed to protect.”
“One policeman got injured because they were causing damage to the louvre blades and also chairs and tables at the charge office,” she said, adding that, “he has since been treated and discharged.”
Meanwhile, addressing the press, the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Paul Awini said, “based on intelligence gathered we managed to search the houses of a list of suspects and we arrested suspects”.
According to police sources, the violence was sparked after the arrest of a taxi driver who failed to stop on the Winneba-Mankessim Highway when police flagged him down.
The arrest, however, angered the youth who armed themselves and attacked the police station in the area, beating up some police officers on duty.
DCOP Paul Awini said, “a group of about 50 men armed with cutlasses, knives, sticks and stones stormed the Mankessim police station and subjected personnel on duty to attack.”
He added that some officers were dispatched to the scene to bring sanity to the station after they were alerted.
According to him, the police officer who got hurt in the melee has been discharged from the hospital and he is recovering.
The DCOP appealed to the public that “anyone who has any information on any of the suspect should come forward so the police can bring the culprits to book.”