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31.05.2007 General News

IGP Interdicts Two Officers At Wa

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong, has ordered the interdiction of two police constables stationed at Wa in the Upper West Region for negligently causing the death of Bashirudeen Said, a student of Wa Polytechnic.

Constables Awudu Iddrissu and Ernest Akatiga have been interdicted and in addition, service inquiries instituted against them and six other policemen on duty at the time of the incident.

Mr Acheampong gave the order following the findings of a three-man committee set up on March 26 this year, by the Upper West Regional Security Council to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the student.

The Upper West Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Robert Ayalingo, told the Ghana News Agency that the Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had been instructed to prepare a case docket on the incident for submission to the Attorney-General's Department for advice.

An eyewitness account said Bashirudeen was riding a motorbike with his girlfriend as a pillion when some policemen on patrol ordered him to stop for not wearing a crash helmet.

He slowed down but refused to stop and one of the policemen forcibly pushed them from the motorbike into a gutter.

Bashirudeen broke his neck in the process and died instantly while the pillion became unconscious.

The death of the student incensed the public and created tension resulting in a clash between the police and the people in Wa.