Sexual harassment case involving police officer: ActionAid Ghana commends police for swift response

ActionAid Ghana, an affiliate of ActionAid, a global justice Federation working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication, has commended the Ghana Police Service for its swift response in an alleged sexual harassment case involving a police officer in Sunyani in the Bono region.

In a statement dated December 13, 2021, the NGO said it “wishes to commend the Ghana Police Service for taking swift actions to ensure the law is enforced and safety of Ghanaians especially women is protected.”


ActionAid has been working to promote elimination of violence against women through its Zero Violence project.

Background

It is reported that a police officer stationed with the Sunyani Police Command while on a night patrols duties sexually assaulted a female student of University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), near the Fiapre roundabout in the Bono Region.

The accused police officer is alleged to have repeatedly touched the thighs of the victim of which a video of the incident has since gone viral.

Following the viral video, the said police officer involved in the act has been arrested and charged by the Bono Regional Police Command and since been processed for court.

Below is ActionAid’s statement

Alleged Assault by a Police Officer in Sunyani (Accra, Monday, December 13, 2021) – ActionAid Ghana has been keenly following proceedings on the alleged sexual harassment case involving a police officer in Sunyani in the Bono region and wishes to commend the Ghana Police Service for taking swift actions to ensure the law is enforced and safety of Ghanaians especially women is protected.

As an organisation that has been working over the last 30 years to eliminate violence against women and protect women from sexual harassment and assault, we believe that this alleged breach of Sections 84 and 103 of the Criminal Offences Act 29, which deals with assault and indecent assault respectively, should be pursued with all seriousness and alacrity.

We have analysed statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DoVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service which indicates that as of August 2021, 31.9% of women have faced at least one form of domestic violence -physical, economic, psychological, social or sexual. These statistics are alarming and are indicative of the worrying prevalence of violence against women in the country.

John Nkaw, Acting Country Director said, “ActionAid Ghana is concerned about the increasing rate of violence, harassment and assault against women and girls.

It is even more worrying that such incidences are sometimes perpetrated by officers who are mandated to protect people and indeed should be the vanguard of the on-going campaign against sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence.”

Again, it is unfortunate that this case has been recorded at a time that the world is observing this year’s 16-Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

This incident of alleged sexual harassment and assault involving the police officer is a classic example of why the government of Ghana who is a member of the International Labour Orgnanisation (ILO) needs to take immediate steps to ratify the ILO Convention 190 which seeks to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

“We believe that Convention 190 which is a first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment will provide better protection for Ghanaians and address the gaps in some of the country’s existing legislative and policy frameworks on violence and harassment.”

ActionAid is therefore calling on all women’s rights advocates, rightsholders and the Ghana Police Service to ensure that justice on this case is duly served.

Read also: Court grants bail to police officer in viral sexual assault video

Mankessim woman on the run after allegedly hacking husband to death

A woman who allegedly hacked her husband to death is on the run. Mankessim Police have since visited the scene of the incident and have launched investigations.

A Joy FM report of Monday, December 14, 2021, said residents of a suburb of Mankessim have also joined the search for the unnamed woman.

She is alleged to murdered her 55-year-old husband following a marital disagreement.

Reports indicate that their disagreement was tied to who takes responsibility for their young son since they are divorced.

The victim known as Agya Atta was a trunk-repairer who according to his apprentice had spoken on phone to his former wife before heading home to meet her.

After a while, Kojo Essel, went to the house to check on his boss and found him hacked to death lying in a pool of blood in his room.

Source:GhanaGuardian.com

Mankessim woman on the run after allegedly hacking husband to death

A woman who allegedly hacked her husband to death is on the run. Mankessim Police have since visited the scene of the incident and have launched investigations.

A Joy FM report of Monday, December 14, 2021, said residents of a suburb of Mankessim have also joined the search for the unnamed woman.

She is alleged to murdered her 55-year-old husband following a marital disagreement.

Reports indicate that their disagreement was tied to who takes responsibility for their young son since they are divorced.

The victim known as Agya Atta was a trunk-repairer who according to his apprentice had spoken on phone to his former wife before heading home to meet her.

After a while, Kojo Essel, went to the house to check on his boss and found him hacked to death lying in a pool of blood in his room.

Source:GhanaGuardian.com

Kofi Boakye and Dampare joins hands to hunt Armed Robbers on Cocoa Money Heist

Armed robbers have different strategies for operating. Every season, they have a target and when they decide to strike, they are able to make away with huge sums of monies and sometimes kill their victims even before the police would arrive at the scene to begin their investigations.

Most of these armed robbers have over the years targeted coca farmers in the rural communities and during the cocoa season, they strike hard at them. There have been several instances where armed robbers have robbed cocoa farmers of huge amounts of monies during the cocoa season. After the cocoa has been successfully sold, both the buyer and the farmer become targets and many have lost their lives in this regard.

It is against this background that the COP George Akuffo Dampare led police administration has developed new strategies to end the serious heist that happens to farmers during the cocoa season. All the regional commanders of the Ghana Police Service have been invited to receive a briefing on the new strategy but the meeting could not have been successful without the presence of COP Nathan Kofi Boakye.

Like COP George Akuffo Dampare, many Ghanaians have a strong belief in COP Nathan Kofi Boakye when it comes to fighting crime. The two could be seen in pictures posted on the official Facebook page of the Ghana Police Service from the meeting joining ideas on how to clamp down on the serious money heist and other criminal activities that happen to farmers during the major cocoa season.

They have tasked the regional commanders to extend the new strategy to their various jurisdictions and engage the farmers for their corporation. Total security has been guaranteed and a strong warning has been sent to the criminals that they should not even try to strike because they will be arrested in no time. It is difficult to doubt the capabilities of COP Nathan Kofi Boakye and COP George Akuffo Dampare when they combine ideas together. The strategy still remains a secret to the general public but trust COP Nathan Kofi Boakye and COP George Akuffo Dampare that their strategies will be difficult to fail.

I learnt how to kill humans by first killing dogs – Abesim Killer

The suspect in the Abesim murder case has revealed how he learnt to kill human beings. According to Richard Appiah, he began killing dogs before moving on to killing humans.

He is is said to have disclosed this to investigators. He is reported to have mentioned that something urged him to kill a black dog, which he did but only ate the dog’s head after killing it.

The source said there is evidence to show that he really killed a black dog first before he turned to the people he killed.

According to the source, one week after killing the dog, “he told the interrogators that the so-called ‘something’ urged him again to kill human beings and that was exactly what he did.”

News went viral on August 22, 2021, about Richard Appiah, a popular footballer and sports commentator in the Sunyani Municipality for allegedly killing and chopping off the head of a teenager in the community.

The names of the victims were given as Louis Agyemang, believed to be a family member of the suspect, and Stephen Sarpong, 15, whose body was dismembered by the accused person.

Confirming the news to Sunyani based Sky FM, the father of one of the deceased victims, Mr Thomas Agyei explained that the footballer Reportedly lured his son, 13 years old Louis Agyemang Junior from a football park at Sunyani Abesim into his room and killed him.

The boy who is a twin had left for the park for football training. In the evening, efforts to trace the young boy proved futile. One of his friends called Tweneboa informed the parents that they saw him in the company of the sports commentator and footballer “Fire Man”.

When they approached him, he denied seeing the boy entirely. That gave the parents some suspicion because Tweneboa still insisted that the two were seen walking together in the afternoon.

According to reports, a visit to the House of Richard saw one of his doors locked. After interrogation, he explained that the keys to the room have gotten missing.

The men pounced on “Fire Man” and gave him some hot beating before he was handed over to the Sunyani Abesim Police.

A search by the police discovered human being body parts in a sack. In his fridge, he had three human heads including that of Louis Agyemang. The Abesim Police also handed him over to the Bono Regional Police Command for further investigations.

 The case of Appiah was adjourned to October 25. The case had been rescheduled for October 5 but had to be adjourned because the magistrate hearing the matter had taken her leave.

The police at the last court sitting had indicated to the court that they were awaiting the results of an autopsy conducted on the mortal remains of the two children found in the room of the accused person.

Chief Inspector Lawrence Anane told the court that once they received the autopsy report, they will conclude their investigations and forward a duplicate docket to the Office of the Attorney General for advice.