Islamic SHS Violence: IGP Interdicts 4 More Officers

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare has interdicted four more officers for unprofessional comments in a viral Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) footage that showed part of the demonstration by students of the Kumasi Islamic Senior High School demanding the construction of rumble strips on a newly constructed highway that poses danger to them.

Names of the affected officers have not been disclosed but sources say they include a Chief Inspector, an Inspector, and two Corporals.

On the said tape, the officers were heard saying “Have you seen their attitude [referring to students of the Islamic SHS]? Do you think if it was an Akan school, they will behave that way?”
Another exclaimed: “They are dirty. They are dirty! Wherever these Muslims are, there is a problem…”

The IGP’s office is said to be unhappy about the Islamophobic comments accompanying the viral video in the heat of discussions after over 30 students were hospitalized on that fateful day.

The latest disciplinary action brings to seven, the number of officers interdicted so far.

Last week, the deputy Ashanti regional Commander, DCOP Kwasi Akomeah Apraku, ACP/Mr George Ankomah, the Regional Operations Officer, and ACP/Mr Alex Cudjoe Acquah, the Suame Divisional Police Commander were also interdicted pending the outcome of investigations.

Operations Commander of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Mohammed Suraji, on behalf of the IGP has since led a delegation to the Zongo Chief of Kumasi, Alhaji Umar Sulta Farouk to announce the action taken to calm nerves.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary select committee on Defence and Interior tasked by the Speaker to probe the matter will present its report tomorrow, June 21.



By Afia Owusu/|Ghana

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