President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has publicly commented on a police assault that caused outrage across the country.
The president said he fully backed the Ghana police service in disciplinary measures that they had taken against the erring officer.
“I want to say it here, police men are meant to protect citizens, not to assault citizens. So the measures that the Inspector General of police (IGP) has taken to sanction the erring policeman and to try and make sure that these things don’t happen again, they have my complete support.
“I support a 100% the measures that he has taken, so that we can stop these incidents from proliferating,” he told a gathering in the capital, Accra.
The officer identified as Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor was filmed assaulting a nursing mother who had gone to a savings and loans bank to withdraw money.
Reports indicate that she had arrived at a time the bank had closed and the officer used slaps, blows and shoves to kick her out of the premises he was guarding at the time.
The viral video of the encounter led to social media outrage and calls for the arrest and prosecution of the officer. The police service acknowledged the incident and opened a probe.
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