A sixth suspect has been arrested in connection with the attack on a policeman at Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, the Ghana Police Service has said.
Providing additional information in a statement the police said the incident occurred when a band of seven male adults in a taxicab were intercepted by a patrol team at the Wono-Akotsosu checkpoint at about 4:30 pm, last Friday.
“However, the suspects in an attempt to prevent the police from checking the car, pounced on him and violently attacked him”, the police indicated in a statement adding that a police reinforcement which was responding to the incident managed to arrest six of the suspects.
The suspects have been named as Edward Boateng, Evans Addo, Yaw Kusi, Michael Owusu, Yaw Boateng and Emmanuel Mensah.
The police said the officer and one of the suspects sustained injury and are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
2 officers interdicted
Meanwhile two policemen are facing service inquiry in connection with the incident.
G/Constable Isaac Bolatey and G/Constable Evans Owusu are being questioned for what the police describe as “their seeming failure to rescue their colleague, subdue the attackers and get them arrested”.
They have since been referred to the Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) to assist investigations.
‘Fight over bush meat?’
It still remains unclear what caused this latest incident which was captured in a viral video. Other reports suggest an attempt by the policeman to take the carcass of a rat from the young men may have led to the violent attack.
The young men were reportedly returning from a hunt and had the carcass in the boot of the taxi.
The policeman is alleged to have fired a warning shot, which resulted in the youth pouncing on him in an attempt to prevent him from being able to fire more shots.
The suspects would be arraigned on Tuesday (11 April), a police source told dailymailgh.com.
“Strenuous efforts underway to apprehend the last assailant”, the source added.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH