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We handled Islamic SHS chaos poorly – Police admits

The Ghana Police Service has admitted that its men deployed to the Kumasi Islamic High Senior High School could have adopted a better approach to tackling the chaos on Monday morning.

In a Police statement condemning the violent on the protesting students, Director of Public Affairs, Chief Superintendent Grace Ansah-Akrofi established that even though nobody was hit by a bullet, “the Police handling of the incident was poor and fell short of our standard operating procedure on crowd control.”

The Ghana Police Service has commenced investigations into the disturbances and subsequently removed from office the Deputy Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwasi Akomeah-Apraku who was acting as the Regional Police Commander at the time of the chaos.

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DCOP Apraku has also been interdicted together with two other senior officers: ACP/Mr George Ankomah, the Regional Operations Officer, and ACP/Mr Alex Cudjoe Acquah, the Suame Divisional Police Commander, the police statement added.

 

 

Background

At least 25 students and some police officers were admitted in various hospitals in Kumasi after police fired into the protesting students who had mounted road blocks on the Abrepo Junction – Bohyen main highway to register their displeasure over frequent motor accidents in front of their school.

Some of the injured students

The student group reportedly blocked the road as they called for construction of speed ramps on that section of the Abrepo Junction – Bohyen stretch to avert the accidents.

Almost an hour of blocking the road, Police met them and allegedly fired warning shots and at some point fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

“The students pelted the Police with stones and the Police used pepper spray and fired warning shots in an attempt to disperse them,” police said in a statement.

Reports say pedestrian knockdowns involving students and teachers of the school have gone up around the school recently.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare arrived in the Ashanti Regional capital following the disturbances to receive first hand information on the incident.

IGP promises to investigate police officers who fired into Islamic SHS students

The IGP  assured students and Management of the Islamic Senior High School that he will look into the conduct of Police officers deployed for crowd control during their protest.

 

source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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