The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh has directed the Accra Regional Police Commander to investigate the case involving a police officer who lashed an elderly woman at CMB-Accra.
A viral video emerged this week which saw an elderly woman literally crying whiles narrating her ordeal to a journalist from United Television (UTV).
The unnamed woman said she was lashed for no apparent reason by an officer while carrying a pan of tomatoes to take to her stall which is permissible under the lockdown regime imposed on Accra and Kumasi to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The video incensed a lot of social media users who claimed security officers are abusing their powers during this lockdown, following similar videos depicting soldiers and police brutalities.
Supt. Mrs. Sheila Abayie-Buckman, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service says the IGP wants the woman to be traced and listened to for evidence gathering and the offending officer identified.
She told Joy News: “It is unfortunate what happened to Madam Florence. In fact and indeed, when we saw the video yesterday the Inspector General of Police instructed (the) Accra Regional Commander to locate, to find whatever evidence can be found, to locate the woman to tell her story and if she points out to any of the security personnel having done that he should follow the lead to identify the police or the security officer.”
Supt. Sheila Abayie-Buckman said the processes have started and that the woman says she can identify the policeman in question.