- "He wanted a chance to shoot me but I kept my cool" – Citi FM journalist Umaru Sanda narrates near-death experience with police officer
Seasoned Ghanaians journalist who works with Cit FM in Accra, Umaru Sand Amadu has narrated a near-death experience he had with a police officer of the Ghana Police Service.
According to his narration, a certain Richard Deh of the SWAT team of the Ghana Police Service did not just verbally abuse him but also physically assaulted him after stopping his car.
Umaru Sanda Amadu in narrating this ordeal on his social media handles with the accompanying photos of the police officer said he had to keep his cool to avoid being shot at.
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“When the 4 armed policemen driving in their SWAT branded car stopped me, Richard Deh, who seemed like their leader, did not only verbally abuse me. He also physically assaulted me. He hit my hand and the phone I was using to record fell. He seized it and threw it in his car”
“I felt powerless at that moment but insisted that there would be no search without my camera. I told him he could detain me but won’t search my car in “darkness”. At another point, he made a dash for me but his men shielded me. He was so angry, I dreaded what he would do next.”
“If his men hadn’t restrained him, the story would have been worse. There were onlookers, including a stationary Police Visibility pick up with officers under the overhead some 20 meters away. But no one intervened. Thank God for daylight.”
“One thing I’ve learnt is that, no matter how a policeman like Richard Deh provokes you, please keep your calm. He wanted a chance to hit/shoot me. I didn’t give him so he ended up driving away with a bruised ego”
Many are advising Umaru Sand Amadu to seek legal action against the Richard Deh guy to send a clear message to all personnel of the police service who find it expedient to intimidate and manhandle citizens and especially journalists for the sake of it.