The Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh has revealed that the three soldiers, who assaulted a 16-year-old for allegedly stealing a TECNO mobile phone, have been granted bail.
“We took statements from them and have granted them police inquiry bail, so, we have released them to the military authorities,” he noted.
He further explained that investigations were ongoing, but the police service was waiting for the victim to recover and identify other military officers, who carried out the assault.
“I know of one whose name was mentioned as being the one, who assaulted the young man, but we are hearing that he is mentioning some other officers as being part of it. So, until he [the victim] recovers and comes back, he will be the best person to tell the police which other military officer assaulted him apart from the main suspects that we have taken statements from,” ASP Tetteh told Citi FM on Monday April 25.
The boy, who normally ran errands for the military officers, was severely beaten on suspicion that he had stolen a phone which belonged to one of the soldiers at Tamale in the Northern Region.
The Northern Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service arrested the three suspects after the incident.
Meanwhile, Mr Francis Xavier Sosu, lawyer for the victim, has revealed that the teenager will be seeking treatment at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Due to the trauma suffered by the victim, he will be taken to the Psychiatric Unit of the nation’s biggest referral hospital for mental treatment to help him recover fully.