By Kojo Ansah |
ARMED POLICE personnel have raided Akomasu, a farming community in the Begoro District of the Eastern Region and have arrested 26 people including teenagers and a female.
The raid was carried out by the Begoro District Police Command following attacks and shooting of two police officers by some residents of the community.
Four of the suspects were granted police inquiry bail, while the rest are still in police custody.
One of the suspects told Daily Heritage Online while in handcuff that he had returned to the community even before the attack to look for money to take care of his sick wife who had been admitted at the hospital only to be arrested by the police.
Residents of the community mounted road blocks, attacked and shot two police officers who went to the community to arrest some suspects on September 17, 2016.
The two police officers suffered severe gunshot wounds with one in critical condition and receiving treatment at the Begoro Government Hospital.
DSP Samuel Odame, the Begoro District Police Commander told theDaily Heritage Online that a man in the community stood as surety for a suspect who later jumped bail. The man met the suspect and arrested him in an attempt to hand him over to the police, but he was assaulted by two men in the community who set free the suspect.
He said the court ordered that he lodged a complaint at the police which he obliged. According to the commander, the police officers were sent to the community to arrest the two men, who assaulted the man and set free the suspect, but were attacked and shot.
The Assembly Member for the Akomasu Electoral Area, Isaac Kabutey told the Daily Heritage online that the community had become a ghost town as residents had deserted the town.
He appealed to the police to release the innocent teenagers most of who are students who returned home after the incident.
He said efforts are being made to foster peace between the community and the police.
The suspects were sent to a Koforidua Circuit Court on Tuesday since the presiding Judge at Begoro Magistrate Court was on leave. They were, however, late, hence, there was no hearing.
Some other suspects while in handcuff in police vehicle told the Daily Heritage Online that they had been tortured by some of the police officers since their arrest on Sunday.
One of the suspects showed blood stains on his white shirt with bruises as evidence to back the alleged torture by the police.