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Mob Beats Up Nandom Police

2006-03-30 14:57:40
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A MOB, angered by the detention of a colleague, attacked and vandalised the Nandom police station in the Lawra district of the Upper West Region to secure his release.

Armed with sticks and stones, they beat up the policemen on duty, causing serious injuries to two of them. They also caused damage to the roof of the charge office, destroyed the station diary and other items.

The rioters then entered the police barracks, assaulted and brutalised police wives and their relatives.

The policemen, who could not contain them, fled with their families to seek refuge at the palace of the paramount chief and president of the Nandom traditional area, Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir.

The Nandom Naa after providing them with protection, telephoned the Regional Police Command for re-enforcement to calm the situation.

The Regional Police Commander, ACP George Anko-Bil, said that seven people who were subsequently arrested for their alleged involvement, have been remanded in prison custody by a Wa circuit court for thorough investigations into the incident.

Ben Kpella, alias Rasta, Kwame Kpelle, Richard Koya, David Francis, Bernard Njield, Samuel Paga and Nornard Gyangbang, all pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, rioting, causing harm and damage to public property.

Police Chief Inspector Stephen Dobara told the court that on March 23, the Nandom Police arrested and detained Peter Gbangbang for allegedly threatening a policeman.

Inspector Dobara said that while Gbangbang was in police custody for interrogation, the other six accused persons organized and armed themselves with offensive weapons such as sticks and stones and attacked the police station.

Meanwhile, the two injured policemen have been treated at and discharged from the Wa Regional Hospital.

The situation has now returned to normal and the people are going about the businesses without fear.

source: Times

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