Cop Dies in Course of Duty
2007-07-04 23:10:14This article has been read 981 times.An exercise to effect the arrest of a suspect in Wa turned fatal when one of the policemen detailed to effect the arrest was killed in the process.
The body of Detective Sergeant John Bosco Nille of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Wa Police Station, who died instantly after he was hit by a bullet has been deposited at the Wa Hospital, Mortuary for autopsy.
Another policeman, Constable Michael Adjei, who lost his left thumb, was treated and discharged at the Wa Hospital while the suspect, Issahaku Iddrisu, who was hit-in the right thigh, is still on admission under heavy, security.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr P. K. Acheampong, has ordered ’ an investigation into the incident.
Briefing the Daily Graphic in a telephone interview, the Upper West Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Robert Ayalingo, said at about 7:30p.m. on July 1, 2007, the deceased received information that Issahaku Iddrisu, against whom a bench warrant had been issued by a Wa District Magistrate Court for stealing, was hiding at Kambali, a suburb of Wa.
He said the deceased and Constable Adjei, in the company of Sgt Shaibu Ahmed of the Regional Rapid Response Unit, who was armed v/ith an AK 47 rifle, were to effect Iddrisu’s arrest.
He said Iddrisu resisted arrest by the three and shouted for neighbours to come to his aid while struggling with the police.
According to ACP Ayalingo, some youth arrived in response and tried to prevent the arrest of Iddrisu.
He said Sgt Ahmed, who was carrying the AK 47 rifle, fired warning shots to disperse the crowd.
ACP Ayalingo said Sgt Ahmed got closer, to assist his colleagues to overpower and handcuff the suspect.
In the process, he said, Iddrisu held the muzzle of the weapon and it accidentally fired, hitting Sgt John Bosco in the chest, killing him instantly.