Sergeant Jacob Adoye, a police officer with the Charlie SWAT Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command, has been detained for allegedly shooting two persons, including a suspected murderer, during an arrest.
Sergeant Adoye, according to reports, opened fire on the two persons after they allegedly resisted arrest and attacked him with an axe and a machete when he attempted to apprehend them.
The victims, identified as Adesha Bagagyi, 40 years of age and Joseph Adjei, 24, died early yesterday morning at the Police Hospital while receiving treatment.
An arrest warrant, according to reports, was issued by the court for the immediate arrest of five persons including, Adesha Bagagyi, for taking part in the murder of one Sulley Musa at Teshie last year.
It was during his arrest that the police officer reportedly opened fire that led to the deaths of the two.
Confirming the story to the media, ASP Effia Tengey, Accra Regional Police Spokesperson, said the incident occurred around 1:30am yesterday.
She recalled that on August 25, 2015 during the celebration of the Homowo festival at Teshie, an opposing team attacked the chief of the area who was then sprinkling kpokpoi – the traditional Ga food – in the area.
The police intervened and brought the situation under control.
Later, the two factions were invited and advised to celebrate the festival and the sprinkling of kpokpoi in their respective homes until the chieftaincy dispute was fully resolved.
However, on August 26, 2015, while celebrations were ongoing at the chief’s palace, the same opposing faction who had engaged the chief in a confrontation the previous day, armed with offensive weapons including machetes and knives, attacked again and killed one Sulley Musa in the process at the chief’s palace.
While investigations were ongoing, the police chanced on a video footage from some eyewitnesses who filmed the accused from afar committing the act.
Based on the video, five persons were apprehended and put before court while five others went into hiding.
The court then issued an arrest warrant for the five persons, including Adesha, to appear before it.
The others included Armah Torgbe, Armah Asaawa, Ashittey Amo and Armah Kuntoh.
On January 20, 2016 police had information that Adesha Bagagyi was being harboured by one Joseph Adjei at Nmai–Dzorn near Adenta.
A team of police personnel, among them Sergeant Adoye and led by the investigator in-charge of the case, was detailed for his arrest.
Around 1:30 am yesterday morning, the team proceeded to the said location and in the process of effecting his arrest, the two, including Joseph Adjei, allegedly attacked the police officer with a machete and an axe.
According to the police spokeswoman, the police officer, whose life was in danger, opened fire on the two men injuring them in the process.
The two were then rushed to the Police Hospital for treatment but they passed on while receiving treatment.
On the instructions of the regional commander, Sergeant Adoye was arrested in accordance with police regulations and standard policing practice.
Police have initiated investigations into the matter under the leadership of the Accra Regional Crime Officer.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey