Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Police cover up NDC man’s assault case

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday August 11, 2010
THE POLICE in Anyaa, a suburb of Accra stand accused of doing selective justice following a reported case of assault on a media practitioner by a man said to be a die-hard supporter of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The suspect, Kwasi Nyame an auto mechanic in his early thirties is said to have slapped Eddie Owusu Afram of Pink FM, a Kasoa-based radio station when the Mr. Afram pleaded with him to stop using abusive language on Ex-President Kufuor but when the case was reported to the police in Anyaa, the officers there have allegedly made no serious effort to apprehend the suspect.

Narrating his ordeal to the DAILY GUIDE in Accra over the weekend, Mr. Afram said the incident occurred at Ablekuma Pentecost Junction on June 13, the day Ghana played against Serbia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he had gone to a popular bar called Julie’s Spot to watch the match.

“When I got there Kwasi Nyame had bought kenkey and soup was eating and but was nevertheless engaged in a heated argument with other customers,” he said.

“He was shouting at the top of his voice repeatedly and I heard him say that Ex-President Kufuor is the most stupid president ever to have ruled Ghana.”

“I then told him to calm down since it was a day for every Ghanaian to rally behind the Black Stars to beat Serbia. That’s when he stood up and gave me a hefty slap smearing the kenkey and soup in my face,” Mr. Affram explained.

“Three days later, I reported the matter to the Anyaa Police and two plain-clothed policemen were detailed to arrest him. Upon reaching his workplace however he told the policemen that he slapped me because I spat into his food”.

He said instead of the police arresting Kwasi Nyame, they rather asked him to report himself to them at Anyaa.

Mr. Afram claimed Kwasi Nyame goes about in the area boasting that he had already seen some big people at both the NDC and Police headquarters to get the case dropped.

He has also allegedly claimed that the Ga South Municipal Chief Executive, Sheriff Dodoo had contacted the Anyaa Police in connection with the case while an NDC executive member in the area had also been there with Kwasi Nyame.

When contacted, the detective in charge of the case whose name was only given as Opata confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that a case of that sort had been reported to them but denied that the police were not prepared to apprehend Kwasi Nyame.

Asked why it has taken the police about seven weeks in arresting the suspect the detective said “we are still investigating the case. We have asked him to bring his witness after which I can forward the report to my Boss.”

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