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Edwin Ekow Blankson, Chief Fire Officer

Dep. Chief Fire Officers trade blows over handover notes, one sustains bite wound in the palm


TWO DEPUTY Chief Fire Officers of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) on Tuesday defied all security regulations and turned the premises of the headquarters of the service in Accra into a boxing arena to engage in open trading of blows in front of junior officers.

One of the senior officers, Mr Ekow Yawson, sustained bite wounds in the right palm after an almost 10 minutes trading of blows with his colleague, Mr Obeng Dankwa Dwamena.

The two officers engaged in the fisticuffs over handover notes.

Why the fight

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Yawson, who has only three months to go on retirement, was said to have been moved in a dramatic fashion from the Director of Safety position to Research and Information Technology in a recent reshuffle of personnel of the service.

His position is now occupied by Mr Dwamena, who used to be the Director of Human Resource.

Sources told the DAILY HERITAGE that Mr Yawson, who had prepared his handover notes, only needed his successor to sign a portion of the note for final submission, but there appeared to be confusion between the two officers over delays in the process, hence the open trading of blows.   


Checks by the paper indicated that the matter had been reported to the Cantonments Police Unit and a hospital form given to the complainant, Mr Yawson, for medical examination.

Meanwhile, the paper has gathered that the high command of the GNFS has set up a committee to look into the matter for the appropriate action(s).

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