THE POLICE Administration has ordered the immediate detention of three police officers attached to the Apedwa Police Station for their alleged role in the death of one Kwaku Oteng, who was killed in a shoot-out at Apedwa during a battle with the local police.
The 30-year-old deceased, also known as ‘50-Wicked’, was one of the alleged drug pushers the three policemen were detailed to arrest in the early hours of Wednesday, at a Cocoa farm near Asuogya, a suburb of Apedwa in the East Akim Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region.
Residents told DAILY GUIDE that the suspects, who usually attacked unsuspecting victims, terrorised and robbed them of valuables such as mobile phones under the influence of weed, far outnumbered the three cops assigned for the job.
While some ran for cover, others were defiant by daring the police, provoking them to open fire.
In the process the deceased was hit.
Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah, said the three policemen had since been detained in separate cells in the region for further interrogation to allow full-scale investigation into the matter.
He told the press that the Station Officer in charge of the Apedwa Police Station, being tipped off that a group of young men were harassing and robbing innocent residents at a cocoa farm around Asuogya on Wednesday at about 8:30am, assigned the three policemen to arrest the said suspects.
However, the operation turned bloody when the deceased, who was amongst the four who dared to attack one of the three policemen with a machete, was hit by a pellet.
The provoked officer was said to have opened fire after the deceased warned “if you (referring to the police) don’t stop what you are doing, I will slash you”.
A warning shot from the officer failed to scare the deceased, who was allegedly bent on slashing the police officer.
Sensing danger, a second shot was fired hitting him in the lower abdomen and sending him on his knees.
ACP Abass Abaah revealed that the deceased died whilst being transported to the Suhum Government Hospital as medics at the facility pronounced him dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, Alex Antwi, 27, who was arrested during the bloody operation with some quantity of dried leaves concealed in a black polythene bag suspected to be Indian hemp, has been caged at the Apedwa Police cells whilst investigation into the matter continued.
ACP Abass Abaah stated that the issue of drug peddling and abuse had become a matter of concern in the region with the police in a simultaneous operation arresting some 16 pushers and addicts in a swoop at Somanya Zongo, also known as Base, on Wednesday.
Most of the 16 suspects were either arrested whilst sniffing a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine or smoking weed.
Notable amongst them was Mohamed Sani, 35, a known drug peddler who had 65 wrappers of a whitish substance, suspected to be cocaine, on him at the time of arrest and one Dawotey was also accosted with a mini sack full of dried leaves suspected to be weed.
All 16 suspects have been caged at the Akuse District Police Headquarters cells for screening.
The police capo appealed to the public to help the police to nib activities of these miscreants in the bud by providing information on activities of suspicious characters in the society.
From: Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua