The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has directed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the circumstances under which an innocent person was shot by a policeman at Teshie.
The victim, Isaac Adjei, was shot and killed by Sergeant Jacob Adorye, who led a team in the early hours of Thursday 21 January 2016 when police stormed a house to arrest one Adesha Bagagyi, a suspected murderer.
The victim’s family insists Isaac was not a criminal. Sergeant Adorye remains in police detention as the probe unravels. The IGP has also requested that an independent pathologist conduct an autopsy to establish the facts of the victim’s death without police interference.
The Accra Regional Command visited the deceased’s family, who are supporting the directive by the IGP.
Regional Police PRO, ASP Afia Tenge, explained to journalists that: “The IGP has approved the investigation, which will be conducted by the CID for further investigation.
ASP Tenge said Adesha Bagagyi, was one of five people, who attacked and killed a man named Sule Musa during last year’s Homowo festival. A court issued a warrant for his arrest but the situation turned bloody.
“On 25 August 2015, during the celebration of the Homowo festival at Teshie, a faction opposed to the sprinkling of ‘kpokpoi’ by the chief, attacked him and his people, but through the swift intervention of the police, the situation was brought under control. In order to prevent further clashes and maintain peace, the police advised both factions to celebrate the festival and observe the sprinkling of ‘kpokpoi’ in their respective homes, until the dispute was fully resolved. However, on the 26th of August, 2015, while celebrations were ongoing at the chief’s palace, the same opposing faction, which had engaged the chief in a previous confrontation, armed themselves with offensive weapons, including machetes, knives and missiles and attacked one person by name Sule Musa, killing him in the process. The police arrested five persons and arraigned them before court. The court issued a warrant of arrest for five others including one Adesha Bagagyi,” she explained.