18 January 2013

Ghana: Police Investigator Stabbed

Tema — A detective Sergeant of the Tema Regional Crime Investigation Department (CID) sustained injury when a team of policemen on Wednesday went to the BBC paint factory at Tema to conduct investigations into the cause of the fire that gutted the premises last Saturday.

Sgt. Christian Adjakpo was rushed to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Port clinic at Community Two and treated, according to the authority's Public Relations Manager. No arrest so far.

According to a highly placed police source at Tema, who are not happy that no suspect has been apprehended yet, said CID personnel from the Crime Scene Unit went to the scene of last Saturday's fire, but were attacked by the management and the workers.

As a result, the sergeant was allegedly stabbed on the nose, and the official camera seized, including the memory chip. The camera was returned on Thursday without the memory chip, and no arrest was effected, a situation which has angered most of the CID personnel.

Madam Amal Odaymat, spokeswoman for the embattled company (BBC) confirmed that there was an incident between them and the police personnel when the Chronicle contacted her.

According to her, last Tuesday, the second-in-command of the Tema Regional CID, DSP Asare visited the premises in the company of a certain man, and informed them that the police would be visiting the yard to conduct investigations.

She went on to say that the following day, Wednesday, the man who accompanied DSP Asare entered the yard with six other men and started taking shots of the debris of some vehicles that were consumed in the fire.

According to her, she invited the group into her office, and before she could say anything, one of them holding a camera started taking shots of the premises, shots of hers and the owner of the yard and Alhaji Mohammed Odaymat, who was also available.

Not enthused about that behavior, she demanded for the camera, and when that order was not complied with, Alhaji Odaymat decided to move the hanging camera, but the police would not agree, so a struggle ensued between them and the cops.

She stated that a demand she made for their identity cards was not honoured, an action which infuriated the workers, who saw their boss, Alhaji Mohammed Odaymat being humiliated.

She denied that they stabbed anyone. The Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Maxwell Atinganee, when contacted said he had instructed the Crime Officer of the Railway and Ports Unit Superintendent, Christopher Klomaga to investigate and report to him.

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